Celebrity Entrepreneur Shows His Grit

Not sure many of you would think a former t-shirt salesman would have much in common with Isaac Newton, but they both have grit. One went on to discover the mechanics of gravity and the other became a TV icon. In my last blog post, Grit: The Must Have Quality for All Entrepreneurs, I talked about the importance of perseverance as the crucial ingredient for success. 

entrepreneur, Mark Burnett, Shark TankWhen I read From T-Shirt Salesman to TV Icon, I knew Mark Burnett of “Survivor,” and “The Apprentice” fame and now “Shark Tank” had true grit. Without it, he would not have been able to build a reality TV show empire.
Burnett confesses, “…not everything works out, and you can't sit and dwell. You have to realize you did your best and you have to move forward. There's no other option."
I haven’t had a chance to watch the show, but according to The Daily News, Mark Burnett's “Shark Tank” on ABC entertains without humiliating.
Not being a reality TV show fan myself,  I’m not sure if “Shark Tank” is the kind of show that will hold my interest. I’d want something that shows the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. I’d like to see who hangs tough over the long haul, who succeeds and who doesn’t.
I’m curious to know if you’ve seen the show and what you thought about it. Are there lessons to be learned that can be applied to other entrepreneurs?


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On Reality TV

I haven't seen Shark Tank yet. I'm not sure if it's being aired in our place, but anyway, I think you actually get THE celebrity entrepreneur status in just a blink of an eye if you become part of a Reality TV show. You instantly become famous, you get a once in a lifetime exposure, and if you're lucky enough to have people love you, you are offered endorsements after a show's season.