Shark Tank Auditions - Low On Gas High On Hope

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NO GAS AND NO CASH

Last week I received an invite to attend a Shark Tank audition in Brooklyn. The problem was I realized that I didn’t have the gas or the cash to get out there. It had been a slow week and I found myself on several occasions having to scrap together the money just to complete my delivery rounds. This day was no different. All though I had enough fuel in the tank to make my delivery rounds, that was it. I started looking for anything in my small apartment that I can sell quickly. Over the years in moments like this I have sold furniture, camera equipment, stereo equipment, cleared out my piggy-bank (which I did earlier that week) just to get through that day. My only hope was that the funds pending ($20) in my bank account (from an earlier electronic payment) come available in two instead of three business days. Other than that I am fresh out of cash and ideas.

PANHANDLE FOR IT

When I launched this series with the panhandling entry I said the following about the expereince…

I FELT EMPOWERED KNOWING THAT IF I EVER HIT THE KIND OF ROCK-BOTTOM THAT PUTS ME OUT ON THE STREETS THAT I WOULD NOT BE ABOVE DOING WHAT IT TOOK TO SURVIVE.

At this point panhandling seemed like my only option but I was too scared and embarrassed to seriously consider it. Those crippling thoughts of fear struck me like a panic attack (which I think I had that night). Then I thought…

if I am not willing to stand by the lessons learned during this series then I may as well come to terms that this entire “Survival Tales of a Founder” series is just a marketing stunt.

So I started to lean into my fear until I knew that I had to do it. I motivated myself to the extent that I knew that even if the bank funds became available (which they did before dawn) that this is something I had to do. Fear and doubt were my enemies, humility and persistence my allies.

AN “A” FOR EFFORT

The morning came and it was time for me to set out on another leg of this life changing journey that is entrepreneurship. Along with setting a goal of raising $5, I also had to complete my delivery rounds in time to get to the audition by 1:30pm. But I realized that accomplishing these goals did not matter as much as trying to accomplish these goals. It is true what they say about an “A” for effort.

I will leave you with this quote…

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt

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