My Top 10: Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec
Starring as a shark on ABC's hit business competition show Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec knows a good idea when he see it. The self-made entrepreneur is the founder of the mega-successful tech-oriented Herjavec Group and he's now looking to spread the wealth by investing in promising startups.
Among the many deals Herjavec has made on the show, several companies have tripled in size since his initial investment and partnership, including standouts like ChordBuddy, Grill Charms and Lollacup.
Herjavec shares his personal top 10 with SecondAct.
What are you...
1. Working on: Building our Company from $125 million to $250 million in next three years (we have gone from $400,000 to $125 million in the first 10 years). I'm also working on winning the Ferrari Challenge championship with my race team.
2. Reading: I love to read but so little time. The last book I picked up was just to re-read Sun Tzu's Art of War.
3. Watching: I devour movies with my kids. We have a theater in the house -- popcorn, family, Blu-ray latest release -- nothing better.
4. Listening to: Absolutely loving Saul Williams. I play List Of Demands before every race and workout. When I am on the brink of exhaustion (as I often am), I play this song and, boom, I'm ready to rock.
5. Following on Twitter: Fernando Alonso. He's a Ferrari Formula 1 driver -- incredibly competitive season this year and he is leading in the points.
6. Playing: Racing. I race a Ferrari 458 Challenger car all over North America in a very competitive series. The next race is the Montreal Grand Prix. I'm leading in points so far but lots of races left.
7. Inspired by: Rick Hansen, the Canadian who travelled the world in a wheelchair in his Man in Motion tour. I recently met him for the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration to commemorate his amazing achievement. He told me when he first lost his legs he would have given up his soul to get them back; today, he would not change a thing. He told me, "It is not the stuff that happens to you in life that matters, it is what you do with it that only matters." I went out the next day and ran 10 miles faster than I have ever done. I felt so motivated, humbled, and blessed...and then I threw up, I'm really not able to run that fast!
8. Imagining: What our company will look like in three years -- I'm super psyched. I can see it: it's not fuzzy, it's not fluffy, it's not some cloud-like vision. I can see it as clear as daylight. it is across the river I just need to get us there. Mind you, I can see what it will look like but there are sharks, piranhas, snakes and all kinds of bad things in the river we need to cross. But then again, what worthy goal is easy to achieve?
9. Finding as your biggest challenge: There are no big challenges. Success for me has always been the million little struggles that we face every day and conquering them.
10. Wishing: The only thing I ever wish for are the things I cannot control, such as good health for my family. Anything I have control over, I don't wish for -- I simply go out and try to make it happen. I have never wished to be rich; I have never bought a lottery ticket. I don't want the end result, I want the achievement.