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By The Leasing Group

Kindness is a Choice

The internet is thick with memorable quotes from wise, successful and recognizable business leaders.  They’re easy to find too.  For a quick look, Google search:

 

  • 5 quotes from Mark Cuban to inspire entrepreneurs
  • 25 business lessons from Jack Welch
  • Warren Buffett’s 15 most memorable quotes
  • Jeff Bozos’ 7 secrets of success

 

Much of this wisdom is a bit too obvious and not very original.  But one business quote recently captured my attention…

It’s harder to be kind than clever.  Cleverness is a gift, but kindness is a choice.”

 

As an entrepreneur who never received the gift of cleverness, I was relieved to find out I wasn’t to blame.  Simply put, my gene pool came up short.

 

More importantly, this quote gave me an opportunity to see kindness in a new light, as a choice.  Just imagine all the choices we make every day.

 

Kindness doesn’t require a high IQ, an exceptional work ethic or a quick wit.  Neither does it reside only with the high-achievers and creative thinkers.  It doesn’t care about our race, our residence, who we know, how much we know or what car we drive.  Kindness doesn’t discriminate in any way.

 

No matter our birth, our circumstances, or our fortunes and misfortunes, we can choose to be kind, or not.  It’s up to us.  There are no excuses.

 

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By The Leasing Group

Lessons from the Shark Tank

Heads up Shark Tank fans, the sharks have something to teach us.

 

Yes, they are self-promoting.  Yes, the “real” investing is done after the show and off camera.  Yes, the producers select the most outrageous and colorful wanna-be entrepreneurs, not only the most viable.  Yes, conflict theatrics and performance often trumps investing in the best start-up companies.

 

And yes, in the process the show’s creators become wealthy while the sharks become house-hold names.

 

Still, the Shark Tank can teach us something, maybe even something about ourselves.  Because money aside, the sharks gravitate to those with certain traits.  They will invest not in only an idea, but in idea people who clearly exhibit the following:

 

  1. Enthusiasm.  If you pitch your business, you better explode with excitement.  Passion must ooze from every word you speak.  Your body language must scream “invest in me, my product is the next light bulb, the next horseless carriage, the next IPhone.”

 

  1. Communication.  These sharks are smart and quick, so tell your story without stumbling.  Who are your customers?  How do you reach them?  Why will they buy?  If the Sharks can’t visualize a path to sales, they will eat you alive in front of five million viewers.

 

  1. Commitment.  Working hard and long isn’t enough.  The sharks want every drop of your blood and sweat invested in implementing the plan.  Quitting cannot be part of your DNA.

 

These sharks are radical individualists.  Lorie looks through the lens of her Shopping Network, while Kevin prefers licensing opportunities and Mark invests when he sees connection to the world of sport.  Daymond can open doors to retail and Robert to IT.  But, when they see enthusiasm, communication and commitment they circle their prey as one.

 

Why?  Because enthusiasm, communication and commitment are the traits that predict success!  

 

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