Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PART 2: TBP's Q&A with Original Winner of The Apprentice, Bill Rancic

A few hours ago, we posted PART 1 of our Q&A session with the one and only Bill Rancic.  Feel like you couldn't get enough?  Here's more from Bill himself. 

TBP: What are the 3 biggest lessons that you learned from Donald Trump?
Bill: There’s so many!  And I don’t want to give away my whole speech...so I’ll leave you with one.  You can never quit.  Donald’s a guy who has had good times and bad times.  He’s never quit and he’s never made excuses.  A lot of people like to blame everyone else except themselves.  They’re never going to reach the level of success they could until they start pointing the finger at themselves.
TBP: What was the greatest experience that you had on The Apprentice?  What did you learn from this experience? 
Bill: I think the greatest experience I had was winning!  That’s why everyone was there.  I was able to win and do it the right way—I didn’t have to backstab, I didn’t have to talk bad about people or cut corners along the way.  I did it in a way where I was happy with the person I saw in the mirror.
Bill with wife and E! News host, Guiliana Rancic.

TBP: Tell us something that people don’t know about you as an entrepreneur. 
Bill: Entrepreneurship has been in my blood since birth.  A lot of people don’t know that when I was young I owned a boat wash and wax business.  It’s never too early or late to start.

TBP: What do you think of Think Big Partners and the Think Big Kansas City conference?  Are we on the right track?
Bill: You’re doing it!  [Think Big Kansas City] promotes the importance of small business ownership.  You’re planting the seed with people and hopefully people will realize that small business is the backbone of America.  It’s what gave our country the recognition that we have today—it’s made us the best country in the world.  A lot of people don’t realize that small business owners employ more people than any other sector in the United States.  At the end of the day, they’re responsible for this economy turning around.

Bill was featured on The Celebrity Apprentice finale with his mentor, Donald Trump.

TBP: What are you looking forward to at Think Big Kansas City?
Bill: This is what I love to do.  I love small business.  I love talking to entrepreneurs, hearing their ideas, seeing where they’re going with their businesses.  Hopefully I inspire them, but they certainly inspire me as well.
TBP: How do you Think Big?
Bill: I Think Big by dreaming Big.  Before you accomplish something, you have to plan it out in your mind.  You must set Big goals and create a mental roadmap before you go for something. 

Get MORE inspired by Bill Rancic.  Watch him speak live at Think Big Kansas City on May 24th at the Kansas City Convention Center.  Tickets on sale now
Interview conducted by Allison Way.

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