PrepWell Academy Founder Phil Black shares his formula for combining vision and discipline into repeatable success
If you had less than a 0.1% chance of achieving something potentially life-changing, would you go for it . . . more than once?
Those were the odds Phil Black had to appear on “Shark Tank,” the Emmy Award-winning reality show that features entrepreneurs pitching investors. As part of the grueling application process, he waited in line among hundreds of hopefuls for five hours, after a three-hour drive—just to give a 60-second elevator pitch.
The odds didn’t phase Phil, and neither did the process. Getting into the most competitive and sought-after programs is his superpower. He’s a former Navy SEAL officer, Goldman Sachs investment banker, and Harvard MBA. Even though his first “Shark Tank” pitch in 2014 didn’t lead to a deal, he tried again. This time, he pitched his new business: PrepWell Academy, a college admissions preparation program.