February 9, 2012

Would You Survive The Shark Tank?

Shark Tank is a reality show on ABC and I have become a loyal fan.  The show features a panel of very successful and wealthy entrepreneurs called "the sharks".  The panel evaluates and negotiates investment proposals from entrepreneurs and may offer investment capital, support and expertise, or make an offer to buy the company, or the product license or patent.  The varied personalities of the panel members and all the business ideas, make for a really interesting show.  Anyone in business can  learn something from watching. 

The impressive panel of 5 "Sharks" includes:

  • Robert Herjavec -  He sold his 1st tech company for $100 million dollars and now heads The Herjavec Group, a leading IT security and infrastructure integration firm.  He also owns his own private island.
  • Barbara Corcoran - She built a five-billion-dollar real estate business.  Maybe you've heard of The Corcoran Group.  Yes, I thought so.
  • Kevin O'Leary -  He sold his educational software company to the Mattel Toy Company for a whopping 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest deals ever done in the consumer software industry.  He also founded his own mutual funds company, O'Leary Funds.
  • Daymond John - His creative vision helped revolutionize the sportswear industry as founder, president and chief executive officer of FUBU—“For Us, By Us”—  He is one of the most sought-after branding experts and keynote speakers in fashion and business today.
  • Mark Cuban - He is a highly successful entrepreneur, investor and among the most influential people in both the cable and sports industries.  Mark is probably best known as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks.  He has founded several successful companies and has invested in numerous startups.

The SHARKS were asked to give their best advice regarding the most common questions they've received over the years from entrepreneurs. Here's what they had to say: Shark Tank Tips

But, what is the #1 most important and valuable lesson I have learned from watching Shark Tank?  It's really quite simple.  "DON'T GIVE UP!!!"

There are always going to be those people that tell you that you can't do something,  your idea is absolutely crazy or you don't have the skills or talent to succeed.  I say that is total bullshit.  If you have the passion, will, desire and motivation, you can learn and do anything. 

On last week's episode, there was an entrepreneur whom none of the Sharks made an offer to.  Cuban told this man that even though they weren't interested, this was not a reason to give up.  He went on to say how some of his top sellers were ones that got laughed at.
I believe as long as you don't give up and keep trying and learning, then failure cannot exist.

Clear a spot on Friday night and join me on ABC for Shark Tank.

 I also enjoyed the post below from Business Insider - Q & A with Mark Cuban.


February 4, 2012

Take 5 Minutes To Read This, It May Save Your Life!

This post isn't about marketing or making money.  A friend forwarded this in e-mail to me today and I just felt the need to post it.  These are very good tips for your safety.  A couple of them I had heard before and some were new to me.  The e-mail was directed towards women, but I think these tips would work for anyone.
So, for my readers safety, take a minute to read the following.

Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life.
In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation... This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in. 

 Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do! 
 Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you.. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION! 3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives. 4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.. 

If someone 
is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location. 5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat. B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side.. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.) 6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!) 7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern! 8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted 
his next victim.
 9 Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle
of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a
burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your
outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and
then attack

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!
 Please pass this on This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana  

I'd like you
 to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well. 
Send this
 to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry..

Everyone should take 5 minutes to read thisIt may save your life or a loved one's life.


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