The WP photo challenge this week features the word HUMANITY. The Shark Tank show jumped out at me.
We normally have an episode or two of Shark Tank saved in the DVR, but last week it was Shark Tank WEEK and so of course we had to enjoy a few back episodes as we get ready for the season premier on September 26th (info here).
My husband made a comment after an old episode that connected the show to the humanity theme for me. I cannot remember verbatim what he said, but he noted how life changing a deal in the tank can be, and then – in a minute or less – he quickly summarized how “well rounded” the Shark Tank show is – how raw, gritty and real it is in that there tank – and how so many little nuggets of wisdom pervade each episode.
Humanity is highlighted on the Shark Tank Show in a few ways:
First, the folks coming onto the show pitch offers that are loaded with a myriad of ideas, personalities, styles, and attitudes. We also see who has business sense and who does not.
Second, as folks EXIT the tank – their emotions are all over the place. We see raw human emotions unlike you will find anywhere else. My photo collage highlights some of the hugs and high-fives, but there are also many folks who leave the tank with tears, pride, anger, disappointment, bewilderment, etc.
Third, humanity is highlighted on the Shark Tank show through the SHARKS, the investors who host the show, who are so varied too!
The interaction between the sharks and the entrepreneurs highlight a visceral side of humanity that we do not always get to see on TV. So much unfolds in the tank as there is talk about evaluations, patents, work ethics, presentations, funding, licensing, etc. The Sharks imbue the viewers with business tips, candid opinions, and personal stories… sometimes even with tears. We also get to see some of their creative personal sides as well – which is depicted through offers, refusals (i.e. “I’m out.”), competing for or tag teaming deals, and then times of just offering advice (of all kinds) to the entrepreneurs that have dared to venture into the Shark infested water.
I have one closing thought to share.
A while back Lori Greiner asked her Twitter followers to share what was “priceless” to them. I think I gave a quick answer like “people…” (cause people are so priceless, eh?)
But since then I have realized that a few more things are priceless too -and one of those is the “right product at the right time with the right investor.” And on this show, we are seeing investors help people make dreams come true, while they also help make different products become available to the world.
We need “things” in this world for a variety of human reasons – and sometimes the latest invention or newest gadget can be priceless because of the positive impact it can have on humanity!
more about Shark Tank here