How Watching Dancing With The Stars Can Help Entrepreneurs

by Julie Barnes
I hate to admit it, but I’ve been sucked in by reality tv. I started watching this seasons "Dancing With The Stars" with its crazy cast of characters last week. It was while watching dance after dance and the brutal practices that left some of the stars in pain and some with tears that I realized this is a great show for entrepreneurs to watch.  Here are three things you can learn from watching "Dancing With The Stars."

1. Jump out of the box – Some of the stars have done more than “step out of the box”, they jumped out and tried something new. Stars like Carson Kressley and  J.R. Martinez had never danced before. Can you imagine how scary it must be to not only try something new, but to try it in front of a live audience and millions of tv viewers?

So kick your fears to the side, get out there, and try something new. So what if you fail, at least you had the guts to try it.

2. Awesome work ethic – The dance teams have roughly one week to learn their dances. Can you imagine not having any dance rhythm and having to learn how to do dance a routine? That’s were their six to seven days a week practice schedule comes in to play. The dancer’s hard work will pay off when they feel prepared for Monday night’s competition.

During the startup phase of your business or if you have a seasonal business you should be prepared to for all of the hours you’ll need to put in.

3. Constructive criticism – At the end of each dance routine, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli… the shows judges, way in with their thoughts on how each contestant did. Since the show is supposed to be a “professional” competition, the judges give a professional critique of the dance routine. Some of the teams take criticism well, while others need to work on being a little more…shall I say… professional. 

In business, you might receive feedback on a product or service, a happy thank you from a customer, or the dreaded complaint from a customer. Being able to handle these occasions…good or bad…with grace, shows the kind of professional you are. 

So start watching "Dancing With The Stars." At least you can say you’re doing research for your business.

Julie Barnes is a Freelance Writer traveling the great USA full-time in a 42 ft RV.  Her newest book “How They Did It…36 Entrepreneurs Tell How They Launched the Business of Their Dreams” is available here. Visit her website a Follow Julie on Twitter at

Julie Barnes is a regular contributor to the Secrets of Success blog.


Zsa Zsa said...

Love how you relate Dancing with the Stars with entrepreneurship. I like dance shows, and yeah, they can teach us a thing or two about passion, dedication and constructive criticism!

Julie Barnes said...

Thanks Zsa Zsa! I was watching last weeks episode when it struck me how much the competition relates to entrepreneurship.

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