How an Aussie Came to America and Caught a Television Shark
“Catching Life’s Sharks Isn’t so Hard After All ”
By: Anthony Amos
How I came to America and became mates with blokes like Kevin Harrington
It still feels like only yesterday I sold my interest in my Australian franchise business and packed up the family for an adventure here in United States of America. Now, with this column in Atlantis Magazine, I’m so excited to share my everyday thoughts on life, relationships, and getting the most from this short but great ride here on earth. More importantly sharing my secrets for success and happiness with my friends. These thoughts of mine didn’t just develop overnight, they’re a sort of evolutionary result of my personal journey, changing my life, and the lives of so many others, every day. In my life I have observed so many things, but perhaps the most tragic is when I see people dreaming big and wanting more from life, but they seem afraid to do what it takes to actually make it come to a reality. Quite literally, melting away from the challenge. My mission is to prove beyond any doubt that the only thing standing in your way to bigger achievements, is you. But I’m not only intent on proving it, I’m hell-bent on changing it.
“He may be a Shark to you, but he’s my mate, Kevin Harrington.”
I remember on my arrival here in the states watching the ABC telsvision show, Shark Tank. I paid a special notice to one the Sharks, his name was Kevin Harrington. I loved his business acumen, style, and swagger. This guy was really good and the way he approached entrepreneurialism, magical! I decided right then and there, we would become mates and I was going to catch the “shark on the TV.” You know something about me? The part of my brain that says “you can’t do this” seems to be broken and it always has been. I simply don’t have that thought and I am incapable of such “stinkin thinkin.” As a result, today, Kevin Harrington is one of my best mates. Just imagine if I had feared reaching out to him? My story would be very different. And you know what, I didn’t stop there. I repeated the process, I kept digging and exploring. Who did I want to align myself with? Who was seemingly unnatainable? Those would be the ones I would seek out. Today, I have so many good friends who are famous or at the top their fields. So many, that most people wouldn’t believe it possible in many lifetimes. But they can and so can you. It’s as simple as effecting a minor shift in your the way you think, the way you see people, and the way you see the future. Your future.
Think about this…… when I arrived on the shores of this amazing country the “US of A,” I knew not one person. Within the short time span of 2 years, I had developed business partnerships and new mates with some of the most exciting, successful, and influential entrepreneurs in the country! Blokes like Kevin Harrington, of ABC’s Shark Tank, or Roger Love, voice coach to the stars, how about Brian Ripka, of Judith Ripka Jewelry? Top notch Americans and now dear mates of yours truly. I even wrote a book about it and Kevin Harrington is one of my contributing authors. What do you think I titled it? You guessed it, How to Catch a Shark!
How many of you have lived here you whole life and still don’t have the relationships you want?
Anthony Amos How to Catch a Shark like Kevin Harrington
So tell me, who’s your Kevin Harrington? Who have you hoped to develop a business partnership with? Who have you wanted to show and share your entrepreneurial ideas with but have been afraid to reach out to them?
The first thing you must do is throw out pretense. You must learn how to chat with all of your newly found acquaintences like they’ve been your lifelong mates. Too many people “dress up who they are” and pretend to be someone they’re not. They never get past the first conversation, and the person they think they just met, didn’t really meet them at all. Pretense creates unnecessary psychic tension and it is that tension that locks away creativity, potential, and hides away the “real you.” It also repels “The Sharks,” they sense that something is not right and it usually ends there. Trust me when I say, it doesn’t have to.
I’d like to teach you how to rid yourself of this bad karma, let’s clean up your personal message so it is clearly received. So that it’s you that shines through, not pretense or fear. When we do that, the REAL YOU is received and opportunity opens its doors.
I recently spoke to a group of business school students at the University of Tampa. It was in those interactions that I was reminded that there is no question coming from the Aussie culture with the “blokes and sheilas” I left “down under,” that I see the world very differently from the men and women here in the states. Sometimes letting your hair down is all it takes to quickly build trust and blast open new doors of opportunity, friendships, and success.
As I start to convey my thoughts and ideas here in this column, I can’t wait to share the stories and real life examples on how my Australian background and culture mixed with the American way of life has “alchemistically” manifest into a whole new way of thinking. Putting a very different perspective in the world and the mixed culture here stateside is my new life’s mission. I believe this newly discovered vantage point can inspire you, help you find the real you, and in the process, change your life.
Whether its Brian Ripka, Roger Love or Kevin Harrington, it all boils down to Words Between Mates. So now, let’s catch a shark together!
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