It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since Shark Tank aired my pitch. I can say without a doubt that A LOT has happened since my time in the tank.
I wrote about the initial "after the tank" back in 2011 and then again in 2014. And I speak about it as I travel the country talking about my entrepreneurial journey and lessons I've learned about trusting my own intuition and never giving up. I'm forever grateful for my time in the Tank so I thought I'd give you the nutshell version of "where are they now—Mod Mom Furniture.”
If you're an entrepreneur, I have a sneaking suspicion you'll relate to my timeline below.... (Read more below by clicking READ MORE.)
So, here goes....
"Kiersten’s story teaches us that narcissistic abuse and coercive and controlling relationships scramble even the deepest metaphysical intuition. Little Voices teaches us how insidious these dynamics are, the trauma and generational issues that are activated, and how easy it is to get stuck in the cycle of confusion and self-blame. By telling her first person story in a vulnerable and raw way, Kiersten reminds us that narcissistic and abusive relationships have a unique architecture, and represent a gradual process of grooming, gaslighting, and indoctrination. Even when the voices around her and in her are trying to guide her out, her story shines a light on how shame can be weaponized to keep anyone stuck and isolated in a toxic relationship. This book is in essence a compendium of red flags and can serve as a valuable teaching tool on how to listen to our inner voices and our guides; and to clearly heed these warning signs and act on them swiftly. One person’s story can be a powerful lesson and motivator for change for others who find themselves in these kinds of relationships, and reminds survivors that you are not alone."
I couldn't be happier or more grateful for where I am today. It's definitely not been a straight and narrow road but I wouldn't have it any other way. When I think back to who I was pre-Shark Tank, I feel like I was just beginning to understand that I really did have all I needed inside of me to succeed. There were numerous obstacles and lessons along the way. Lessons that tested who I thought I was and lessons that reinforced that no matter what, I always needed to trust my own intuition. The advice I give now is to enlist help and advice from people who are smarter than you, but always trust your gut in the end.
It truly is your compass.
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