Kevin O’Leary Discusses His Entrepreneurial Journey to Freedom

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Have you ever wanted to start your own business, corner the market, and rake in the dough? Well, stop right there; you’re going in with the wrong frame of mind. We chat with entrepreneur and ABC’s Shark Tank investor, Kevin O’Leary, about his journey and the invaluable lessons he’s learned along the way. In early life, he spent much time abroad, meeting world leaders and learning from his mother and stepfather. Kevin discusses how his upbringing ingrained in him that business is not conquered for wealth, but for freedom.


“The freedom success provides has nothing to do with money. It’s the time to do the things you want to do in life because it won’t last forever.”


Kevin shares how his success in business has provided him with the platform to pursue his passions and gives us one last tip. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to start your own venture; Find out why today should mark your career independence day.


  • [00:00:00] Man Of The World, Shark Of Business
  • [00:04:42] Business is an Expression of Freedom


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[00:00:00] Man Of The World, Shark Of Business

We all know Kevin O’Leary as the matter-of-fact, no B.S. investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, but what made him the businessman he is today? Through his work with the ILO (International Labor Organization, Kevin’s stepfather helped mold him into the globally minded investor we know today; thanks to his experiences living everywhere from France to Cambodia and meeting the likes of Haile Selassie. Kevin was gifted with two business-savvy parents that helped instill strong work ethic and business ideals into him.


“My mother was a major influence on me and her investment philosophy was, ‘Don’t spend the principle, only the interest,’ which has really made me a very conservative investor.”


With hardwork and dedication, kevin has built a lucrative empire, but still finds time to pursue his other passions. Find out how putting his nose to the grindstone has allowed him to become an accomplished guitar player and photographer, grow his wine business, and support his wife and two kids.


[00:04:42] Business is an Expression of Freedom

Follow your passions, not your pocket book. ABC’s Shark Tank investor, Kevin O’Leary, shares how his experience working for a Nabisco cat food company inspired him to co-found The Learning Company. By sticking with two simple platforms, The Learning Company democratized the consumer software market. Mattel eventually acquired the business for $4.2 billion, but that didn’t stop Kevin and Co. from going right back to work the next day.

“You never start a business for greed, that’s not what it’s about. It’s really about the pursuit of freedom, because what does it mean to be wealthy? You’re free. You do what you wish with your time.”


When he first graduated high school, Kevin had ambitions to become a world-class photographer. Worried that the would become another starving artist, Kevin’s to-the-point stepfather urged him to pursue business. Years later, Kevin is a multi-industry mogul, and finally finding time to pursue other passions. Kevin now has a thriving charity, the Future Dragon Fund, paid for with the earnings from his work as a photographer. Find out how taking the plunge into entrepreneurialism can give you the time to live your life.


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Guest: Kevin O’Leary | Investor/Shark, ABC’s Shark Tank

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