2016 has been an incredible year! Not only has Herjavec Group seen immense growth, I also saw many of my Shark Tank ventures steadily grow and elevate their businesses. I talked to them about their businesses for the #CreateYourSuccess series and I sensed a common theme from the Q/A’s – work hard and commit!!
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy – it always comes at a price. Time away from friends and family is only a start. It’s clear that all the entrepreneurs I work with have poured blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses. But the key is: they use any challenge that comes with starting a new business as motivation. Work hard, play hard!
Here are some highlights from our conversations this year:
Evan and Nick, Tipsy Elves: “When a business needs you, you have to be there. There are less party nights or happy hours because we are committed to working on the business.”
Pat Yates, Happy Feet: “I’ve laughed, screamed, yelled, cried, and wanted to give up so many times. You pay every day as a business owner, but that challenge also motivates me.”
Ryan and Nayeem, Keen Home: “Building a company from the ground up involves many long hours, periods of high stress and uncertainty, and personal financial risk. To build Keen Home, we have spent tens of thousands of dollars of personal money, sacrificed precious time with friends and family, and dealt with many stressful situations.”
Peter, Nuts ’N More: “Becoming a business owner is like being married. If you can’t commit, this isn’t for you.”
Mark and Hanna, Lollaland: “Nothing comes easy. Many people assume that getting on Shark Tank and partnering with a Shark means your business is instantly catapulted into a great success story, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Entrepreneurship, like anything else, requires hard work (and some really thick skin).”
Sensing the theme? There’s no easy way out. Every entrepreneur I’ve worked with is 110% committed to seeing their business succeed and their hard work shows. Congratulations team on a strong 2016 and cheers to surpassing our successes in 2017!
Onwards and upwards!
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From all of us here at Herjavec Group, and our overall Shark Tank portfolio of companies, we wish you a happy, safe and successful holiday season.
To your success,