Written By: Adam Dince
You know the question, “If you could have coffee with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?” Wednesday night, at the #SmallBusinessRevolution documentary premier, I had the pleasure of meeting someone whom is often my answer–Robert Herjavec.
Those familiar with personality type, ENTP, know that we are by nature, entrepreneurs. While the entrepreneurial spirit is invigorating and rewarding, it can also be emotionally exhausting. That’s why it’s important for entrepreneurs to network with each other and share experiences. When you get a group of us together, we find solace in knowing that we’re not alone and motivate each other to keep pushing hard. My experience with Robert Herjavec was no different, and I’d like to share what I took away from our conversation:
1.) Build businesses that make a difference: When starting a business, it’s easy to make our primary focus be the bottom line. Robert reinforced the importance of the triple bottom line. He said successful businesses make it a point to improve the lives of people and community. The triple bottom line is at the core of our studies in the St. Kate MBA program. It’s a key component within the curriculum across all classes. It was fantastic to hear Robert champion that sentiment with passion. We know how easy it can be to lose perspective.
2.) Never stop asking questions: At one point in our conversation, Robert and I got into the topic of online marketing (go figure). I was a blown away that Robert cared enough to ask my opinion on a few things. It caused me to reflect on how I approach conversations about marketing. When you’re passionate about something, it’s easy to go lecture mode. It’s like a rap battle, right? Two emcees battling back and forth to establish dominance. In business, it can often be a battle to establish who’s the smartest guy/gal in the room. I left my conversation with Robert, a little more humble and excited to focus on becoming a better question asker.
3.) It’s okay to lose sleep: A few days ago, I stumbled across an article written by Robert, “If You Aren’t Taking Risks, You’re Missing Out“. The advice resonated with me in a very meaningful way. Right after being introduced to Robert by his marketing guru, Erin, I shared how much his article meant to me. Over past few months, I’ve been presented with a few opportunities to stretch and grow both personally and professionally. However, these opportunities don’t come without risk. Robert’s article brought a peace to my life that I hadn’t found elsewhere.
After sharing my story and thanking Robert for writing the article, he let me know that he still experiences nerves when taking risks. It was encouraging to learn that even someone as successful as Robert, still has his moments where the risks he’s taking keep him up at night. I left the conversation not only being okay with a few sleepless nights, but looking forward to them.
I feel so fortunate to have had a few brief moments of mentorship from Robert. I hope that these points resonate with you as much as they did me. Thank you for reading.