March 11, 2014
I have always wondered what it would be like to swim in a shark cage, so for spring break I decided to do just that. The anticipation was nerve-racking; I imagined being surrounded by bloodthirsty animals ready to kill all my hopes and dreams, and then imagined the courage it must take to face the oceans’ deadliest killer….
What really happened…
Okay, in reality I safely sat in my family’s living room cuddled up with my mom and dad BUT I did watch Shark Tank. Not as exciting and thrilling, but still nerve-racking for the brave entrepreneurs diving into a room with five bloodthirsty self-made, multi-millionaire tycoons. These up-and-coming entrepreneurs have the chance to convince the “sharks” to invest their hard-earned cash, give them the funding and the business advice they need to jumpstart their business ideas.
My dad is an entrepreneur and he started his own business when I was growing up; he has often said, “Why couldn’t I have been the one to invent Crocs?” Not because he likes the style of the shoe, but because everyone knows Crocs. He of course was the one who introduced me to Shark Tank, and has taught me the value of entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs are creative, inventive, fearless, passionate and hard working. All of these traits are not only useful but also crucial for both business and PR professionals. Watching the creative pitches and business negotiations for each product shown on Shark Tank has helped me develop as a budding PR professional.
Each entrepreneur brings a product or an idea they have invested their time, money, and passion. Anyone in the PR industry can learn from the dedication entrepreneurs have, they are constantly branding themselves and they are always looking for opportunities. They also have an understanding that failure is part of success and there is no guaranteed path to success.
Entrepreneurs teach people about hard work and dedication because an entrepreneur has a desire to achieve/create a successful idea or business. Entrepreneurs have a nurturing quality, and are willing to take charge of and watch over an endeavor until it can stand-alone. They have an acceptance of responsibility. They are morally, legally and mentally accountable for their projects. Watching Shark Tank gives key insights into entrepreneurship and reveals personality traits that can help those in any industry.
Hannah Tobin is a junior Strategic Communications major. You can follow her on Twitter at @HanTobes.