I can’t stand watching ‘the Sharks’.
I know, I know – everyone loves ’em, but not me. Here’s why…
Sure, they can be interesting and funny at times, but that’s not my gripe.
My problem is – the casual, often cocky and in my opinion, at times – disrespectful way they treat the eager entrepreneurs, who can be rather ‘green’, wide eyed and ok, even a bit naive at times.
I understand business is tough – and can run over the timid or unprepared faster than ‘you know what’ through a goose.
I get it.
And, I’m not asking that they don’t dig into the financial details about the business plan being offered up by the entrepreneur on the ‘hot seat’ that night.
That’s fair. There’s real money involved and ‘business is business’. I get all that. Plus, I know, it’s TV, it’s entertainment.
My problem is the disrespect.
Maybe it’s because I, like many of you, know first hand how personal, something called – a business can be.
It sounds impersonal – a business. But, if you’re running one or have ever run one, you know it’s much more than a word, much more than what other people who’ve never owned one might think..
It’s a reflection of us – our hard work, our people, our plans, at times much or all of our money, our dreams. It’s personal.
I know there’s many times ‘the Sharks’ are supportive. I know there are many times, they’re actually very sensitive to the entrepreneur who is out there ‘spilling their guts’, discussing their ‘baby’, their business.
I think I’ll just turn on some re-runs of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ until my blood pressure drops.
You Can Do This – You Really Can,