So…you might have seen us briefly on Shark Tank last night. Let us tell you, for the mere 10 seconds of air time you saw, there were hours upon hours of prepping, learning, rehearsing, and of course ‘stressing’, that we saw.
Why did we decide to go on Shark Tank?
We’ve got a big vision for the world. We’re committed to shifting the perception of meditation on a global scale; As a tool not just for gaining calm, but for lifting the haze of stress in order to gain clarity on what we really want for ourselves and the world around us, and then gaining the confidence to go out there and make it happen. We went on the show seeking investment from the sharks to expand our drop-in meditation studios and corporate mind-training program hub to ultimately achieve our vision.
What was the outcome from our time in the Tank?
As you saw, we didn’t receive investment as we had expected. Nor did we even receive the overwhelming support for our vision as we had anticipated either. What we did receive though, was a whole lot of angst, worry, and concern in the short term which resulted in even more growth, development, and insight in the long term.
What did we learn from our experience on Shark Tank?
- Calm, clarity, and confidence is a golden trilogy that really came to life for us personally over this period. In the week leading up to our film date, it was these core qualities that we were striving for at all times. The ability to stay calm against the odds, the capability to remain clear in our thinking, and the capacity to both project and feel confident in ourselves – both outside and inside the Tank – were essential to our wellbeing and performance.
- It’s tough to be ‘real’ on reality TV. When you’re surrounded with cameras capturing every word you say, every facial expression you make, and every action you take (and you know any of it can air on national Television), it’s challenging to be fully present and genuine in the moment. It’s a good lesson in giving up trying to look ‘perfect’ and favouring authentic connection instead.
- Radical acceptance in the moment is key. Whilst in the Tank, it became apparent that things weren’t going as planned. Being able to accept what was happening in real time was absolutely vital to making the most of the situation rather than getting caught up with unproductive emotions that end up hijacking performance.
- Rejection can be hard to swallow. As we exited the Tank, our minds were inundated with thoughts along a central theme of blame, anger, regret, and frustration. To be perfectly honest, the outright rejection completely blind-sided us and blatantly shattered our self-esteem for a while. At the end of the day though, being rejected from the Sharks dosn’t mean anything other than just being rejected from the Sharks. What we realised does matter is the difference we are making in the lives of our guests every single day – and that’s ultimately what got us through.
- Taking responsibility shows strength. We could blame and complain as much as we liked (and trust us, there was plenty of that), but when it comes down to it, we had to take responsibility for the fact that we chose to go into the Tank, no matter what the outcome, even if we weren’t prepared for it.
- Replaying the past incessantly is unproductive. We can’t tell you how many re-runs we have gone through in our heads since we stepped out of the Tank. If only we said this or didn’t said that, or if only we did this, or didn’t do that. Yet none of it changed anything. It only led to more unrest and upset. What happened, happened. No amount of ‘if onlys’ could change the past. Key learnings and take-aways moving forward is all that mattered in the long-run, and the sooner we accepted this, the better.
- Rehearsing for an improbable future outcome is equally unproductive. It’s funny how often we suffer in the now, for a future that usually doesn’t eventuate, yet we’ve already paid the suffering price regardless. Concerned over what would go to air, how we would be portrayed, and what the repercussions would be plagued our minds. Of course, we didn’t know at the time that they wouldn’t air our full segment, but we’ve certainly paid the ‘suffering price’ regardless.
- Good support can’t be discounted. We were feeling really vulnerable after our experience in the Tank. We discovered more than ever just how helpful our friends, family, and community are when we need them most. We just needed to reach out and ask for it.
- Failure is essential. We learn and grow beyond measure in the face of ‘failure’. Looking back, we wouldn’t have it any other way!
- Mindfulness and meditation really work. We can’t tell you how many moments we were able to lean on our mindfulness and meditation techniques over the course of our whole experience with Shark Tank. It provided an intimate insight into what so many of our guests regularly experience, and more than ever we are determined to make these profound techniques accessible to urban professionals in high pressure, high stake environments.