It’s incredible what you see and learn every day. A few days ago, my 8-year old son Sanskrit got home a fundraiser form – Jump Rope for America’s Heart Association. He learned that a classmate had raised $85 and wanted to beat that. “Dad – let’s go…” and off we were to the neighborhood.
The first house we visited contributed $20, the next house $15, the next house a stack of coins and so on. After every house, I helped him refine his 30-second pitch and we were in business. What amazed me was, there was not a shred of apprehension in his mind of knocking on people’s doors; that thought just didn’t exist in his mind.
A dad in one house said “Come back later in the week, we’re watching a game.” My son came out, looked at his sheet and said “Hmmm… I need to make a note of this house so I can come back tomorrow.” That was the best!
Pitch like an 8 year old
If 8-year olds aren’t afraid, why then are entrepreneurs – some of us with years of experience, an engineering or masters degree, and a Rolodex of the most influential folks around – do we hesitate at the thought of making a pitch?
Get $15,000, three mentors, and space and coffee at the Entrepreneur Center. Meet angels & VCs in the hallway. Take this opportunity to have your business plan shredded to pieces and recreate it into a beautiful real company in three months. And then, raise money on Investor Day.
Photo from Flickr by: sean dreilinger