Category Archives: LinkedIn Influencer

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What 9 Years of Shark Tank Has Taught Me

December 5, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer, Shark Tank

Shark Tank is an award-winning show, so there’s a lot at stake — for the entrepreneurs and for us Sharks. Every year, the show’s producers get upwards of 250,000 applicants but only 150 of them end up traveling to LA and taping a segment with the Sharks each season. What sets those 150 entries apart? How do they ensure they make the cut? And if they do, what helps them secure a deal? After being on Shark Tank for 9 years, here’s what I’ve learned: Don’t Be Boring! This is the #1 lesson — you’re on national television and TV is…

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We Need To Protect Our Critical Infrastructure – NOW.

November 17, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

The cyber landscape has made it easier for criminals to steal all kinds of information – usernames, passwords, banking information, you name it! Cyber attacks are imminent across all industries and sectors, affecting our society on an individual and global economic scale. Critical infrastructure refers to sectors such as healthcare, financial services, agriculture, power, etc. These industries form the backbone of a nation’s economy and security – in other words, they’re very important !! They also happen to be tightly connected within the internet of things (IoT) – and cybercriminals know exactly how to exploit this. In June, businesses around…

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There’s No Such Thing As Genius In The Darkness of a Basement

November 7, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer

Every day, I get countless emails from entrepreneurs pitching the next big thing. It seems everyone has a million-dollar idea. When I ask some entrepreneurs what they’ve done with these ideas, that’s where I start seeing the difference between the people who talk about changing the world, and the ones who actually do it.  Let me tell you something — there’s no such thing as genius in the darkness of a basement.  You need to constantly push yourself to be more and to do more. You may be sitting on the next million-dollar idea but if you don’t spend time…

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If You Don’t Fail, You Won’t Succeed

August 16, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer

I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about failure. It’s one of those words, just like sales, that gets a bad reputation. Failure isn’t a bad word! At one time or another in our lives we will be faced with the fear of failure. But if you don’t take that chance – take that first step forward, follow the path unknown – how do you know that you won’t succeed? After all – we need to understand failure to be able to measure success, don’t we? Failure is as a lesson that should catapult you into success – and…

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4 Things To Look For When You’re Job Hunting

July 20, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

Whether you’re looking for a new job or switching careers, job hunting is a big deal ! Maybe you are experiencing conflict or you’ve achieved everything you can out of your current role. Maybe you’re just bored. Gone are the days where an employee sticks with one company for their entire career. Most people stick around for 2-3 years before moving on – that’s the hard truth. People often ask me – “I’m on the job hunt, what should I be looking for?” Here’s my advice. Company Culture Company culture can tell you a lot about how satisfied current employees…

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My 5 Essential Tips for Selling Anything to Anyone

January 24, 2017 | Create Your Success, LinkedIn Influencer

Most people don’t realize how important selling is—unless your paycheck depends on it! Every time I mention selling, I always hear, “It’s not for me”, “You have to have knack for sales”, or “I just can’t do sales” – but this can’t be farther from the truth.  Salespeople aren’t the only ones selling something. In my latest book, You Don’t Have to Be a Shark, the premise is simple: great salespeople are made, not born, and no one achieves success in life without knowing how to sell. Think of the last time you convinced your kids to finish their vegetables or…

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State of Technology: No Matter Your Industry, It’s Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

March 14, 2016 | LinkedIn Influencer

In this series, professionals debate the state – and future – of their industry. Read more here, then write your own #MyIndustry post).   I have been fascinated by cybersecurity and its ever changing state for over 30 years — it’s about time the rest of the world caught up!   We’re seeing more breaches, more endpoints, more technology, more connectivity. The key word is MORE. Given this level of interactivity, cybersecurity has experienced a surge over the past five years and shows no signs of slowing down.   At Herjavec Group, information security is what we do. We manage the security postures…

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Pain Is Temporary But So Is Accomplishment

February 1, 2016 | LinkedIn Influencer

In this series of posts, professionals reveal their best antidotes to work stress. Read the posts here, and then write your own (use #OutsideWork in the piece). I’ve never been a true believer in work-life balance. When you’re an entrepreneur, your business is like a newborn baby — you do whatever you can to keep it alive. You give your time, your energy, your focus. You’re all in and have to be comfortable to make sacrifices to watch your baby grow and thrive. To really see success as an entrepreneur, I believe you have to forget the idea of a work-life balance — at least in the…

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Why I Now Believe in Exploring Best-Case Scenarios

January 18, 2016 | LinkedIn Influencer

I wasn’t sure I had a New Year’s resolution this year. I’m not often in the habit of creating them let alone sharing them, but when I asked my Twitter followers for their insights, one particular theme struck a chord. Positivity is one of the key traits I depended on when I first started my own business — and now like many of you, it’s one of the areas I’m going to be focusing on in 2016. Now, let’s get one thing straight: I’m not walking around with a grey cloud over my head — generally, I am a pretty…

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Be the Boss: Stop Making Excuses and Be a Starter

November 2, 2015 | LinkedIn Influencer

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I started my first business out of necessity – I was fired, and had a mortgage payment to make. Even though it was out of necessity – I still had to find the courage to be my own boss. When you’re out today, think about how many small businesses you see and interact with. For each small business you see, someone made a courageous decision for it to exist. Whether it was to prove a point, to satisfy an itch, to beat the odds, to pursue a dream, or even to make ends meet,…

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