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Business lessons from Dance Your Ass Off

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At first look, a show where contestants dance their way to weight loss seems to have little to do with working at home. However, last night's finale revealed a few important lessons that can be applied to business life.

  1. Slow and steady wins the race. Who didn't see Reuben as the winner? There may have been people viewers wanted to win, but the reality was, Reuben only spent one week in the bottom two, and won it most weeks. He was the most consistent performer, both in weight loss and in dancing. Some of the other contestants, Pinky, for example, often had to fight their way to stay alive. Application to business: If you work consistently towards results, you won't have to expend the extra energy to claw your way back from the bottom.

  2. Big results take big time and big effort. My friend and I have been on a battle to lose weight for a while. The most shocking realization of the show was watching how hard these guys worked only to lose a couple of pounds in one week. Considering the workouts, activity level, medical supervision, and dietary changes they were making, I would have expected to see them lose more. And yet, looking at the total weight loss over a long period of time, each contestant lost a lot of weight. Application to business: Making money takes time. Don't expect to see huge results in just a week. Track your progress over a longer period of time for a more accurate gauge of profits.

  3. Passion counts. The judges often commented on the contestants and the amount of passion they showed for the dance. The dancers with the least amount of passion were eliminated early. Application to business: If you're not passionate about what you're doing, it's going to come across to your clients. They want to work with someone excited about the project.

  4. Surround yourself with positive mentors and role models. My favorite part of the show was listening to the judges' comments. While they did talk about what they didn't like, they also had a lot of great positive feedback to learn from. Application to business: Find someone to encourage you on your journey. The world is a tough place, but when you have someone encouraging you on the way, it makes it a lot easier.

  5. Learn and grow. Tying back to the previous lesson, the judges would often give constructive comments to the contestants on what they need to do to improve next time. When the contestant came back having made that improvement, the judges noticed. Application to business: When you have a mentor taking the time to give constructive feedback, see where you can adjust for greater improvement. If you have a client giving feedback, this is a great opportunity to shine, not only winning the client, but may also get some referrals sent your way.

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  • Diane Shaw 5 years ago

    I like the way you brought that together. It works

  • Denise Miller Holmes 5 years ago

    This is a great analogy. The same principles of success are applicable to everything.Great points, Danica!

  • Jan Parrish, Denver Charismatic Christian Examiner 5 years ago

    Very creative and wonderfully written article.