Fair Warning: You will see a very excited Allen in the video below.
Ringing the NYSE Bell! (Photo Credit: NYSE Twitter)
Winning the Shopify Build a BIGGER Business Competition can do that to you!
It is a CRAAAZZZZYYY and very memorable experience!
Getting to ring the NYSE bell again, and seeing the Best Self logo in the NYSE is so surreal!
Hope this video inspires you to go bigger with your dreams!
Keep pushing on!
Good morning everyone!
It is about 5:15 A.M. I’m just getting out of the shower. I’ve already tried locating a cup of coffee but there is none to be had here until 6:30.
I guess people sleep in at this hotel. So I’m gonna have to wait to get a cup of coffee.
But today is so freaking exciting! Ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell at 9:00 A.M. this morning. It is going to be unreal!
But before I do anything else today, let me jump into my suit.
Woo! Alright, check this out! Three-piece suit!Ready to go for the New York Stock Exchange opening bell.
So it is just now 6:45 I’m ready to to grab a cup of coffee, hang out for a bit, and then meet up with everybody to jump on the shuttles and head to down to Wall Street.
Let’s do it!
So we’re down stairs, I got my coffee,. Cathryn’s grabbing hers right now, she’s ordering it. Everyone just walked out to the shuttle, everyone’s looking sharp in
their suits, in their dresses and, god, it’s gonna be great, great day!
I’m getting really excited for this. Cathryn looks beautiful. We’re ready to rock and roll. We’ve got our caffeine, let’s do this.
Holy shit balls! So we just got to Wall Street. We have some winners right behind me. And man!!! Seeing this banner in daylight is freaking unreal!
Check this out.
It is so surreal seeing your logo. It’s gotta be the size of me. It’s gotta be six feet high – the BestSelf logo.
It’s so incredible!
So Cathryn and I, we’re excited, we’re nervous, we get to ring the bell in a little bit. I can’t wait to experience it again, with these winners, some incredible people, let’s see how their feeling.
So we’re about to through security and then we’ll get some fancy name badge they have for us, for the rest of the day. Now we’re just waiting to take photos outside, photos
inside, photos everywhere.
So we’re having our photos professionally done with the banner behind us. We’re doing a bunch of group shots. We do the winners, winners at Shopify, each group by themselves, so
now we’re just waiting for our business name to be called so we can have our photos professionally taken. That’s what we’re doing now.
Check it out.
This is crazy!
This is unreal! So this is different room than we were in last year and this room is absolutely gorgeous.It’s incredible! Time for some b-roll.
This place is so incredible! Everyone’s being blown away by the room, the decor, everything. It’s really awesome, so now it’s time. I see people are starting to eat. I’m gonna get some coffee and some water. Tom Farley just made an announcement and did a little speech, presentation for all of us. Now we’re heading up to go…to go ring, ring the bell.
This is unreal, un-freaking real!
We got Daymond John back there, we got Tom Farley over here. Man, this is crazy! look at all this news.
[Woman] Looking good Allen.
[Allen] You too.
This is it! We’re about to walk up the stairs, hook around this corner.
(Applause and cheering)
[Man]- Well done, well done, you all passed the test. Come back for the IPOs. Congratulations.
It has been unreal so far. We were up there ringing the bell with the president, Daymond, the rest of the winners. It’s been crazy.
Now we’re off to being shuffled around. I don’t know where we’re going now, probably back to the main room before we do all of our press and stuff like that. So crazy!
So what did you guys think?
– It was crazy.
– What a cool experience.
– That was unbelievable.
[Allen] It was.
– Very cool.
[Allen] Guys from the UK what did you think?
– Awesome! So wicked.
– Wicked, among other words.
So we just wrapped up our mentoring sessions. I had a little 20-minute break, which I needed. I needed just some down town because this morning’s been so crazy.
The mentoring sessions that we had was with Tom, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, Daymond John, and Jon, the
founder and CEO of Cheddar. And actually we’re on our way back to the floor to do an interview on Cheddar now.
And we’re back! I’ve got
Cathryn somewhere behind me. I’ll slow down, let her catch up. So Cathryn and I did a
Cheddar interview last year, it was a lot of fun. They’re really laid back, interesting people.
So, that was interesting, fast paced, very quick and short answers, but I think it went well. It went better than last year, that’s for sure.
– Really, what happened last year?
– I don’t know I just wasn’t expecting it last year. Last year you did that, it was like a 30-second thing and it went round robin, around everybody and I thought it was the same style. So it was just like, I’m Allen for BestSelf, thank you. And then they’re like, what else you can you tell me, and I’m like, oh wait there’s more talking.
So now we’re going down. We’re gonna do one more mentor session, and then lunch. And then possibly a nap, I don’t know what’s left. I’m sure a lot, I’m sure a lot.
We just wrapped up our afternoon session. Now we’re being herded into the vans again, like cattle. But now we’re off to lunch and lunch is gonna be about a half hour away, I’m not sure where it is, who’s gonna be there, any of the information but, it’s a beautiful day and I’m upset because I did not bring my sunglasses.
We just got to Bryant Park for lunch. I don’t know where, probably going to this grill right here. But, yeah, it’s gonna be good! I’ll let you know what we have to eat.
We just got done with lunch, everyone’s behind me. I was almost about to take an Uber back to the hotel to take a little nap but then they sprung on me, or on us. That there’s another surprise destination.
So I have to tough it out until I can get back and take a nap and then rally for this evening. Because there’s a big party for this evening as well. So, let me go catch up with everyone before I lose them. Let’s head there.
So we just got to Time Square and people are walking around very strange, where is it, what’s this. I’m like what the, what are we talking about, what are we looking for, and then oh…There it is!
It’s crazy, it’s crazy, it’s crazy!
Oh baby, it’s time! Took a nap, I’m feeling
refreshed, feeling ready to go. We’re gonna head to dinner and then do an all white party.
What do I mean by an all white party?
This, all white baby, head to toes. And actually I lied, it’s going to be an all white or an all black party. I chose all white because, that’s my style. White tee shirts, white clothes, keep it clean.
Alright, let’s go head down to Cathryn’s room, meet up wit her and then we need to run downstairs. Wanna grab one maybe two espresso’s and then go to dinner.
We gotta be on the shuttle at seven so I only have about five minutes, let’s do it.
How did those BestSelf products get here? I’ll tell you how, we brought them here and now I need to figure out how to give them to all the winners of Shopify bigger business competition.
So we just had an awesome dinner. We’re getting dessert right now, we’re finishing up our cocktails, and just having really good conversation with people.
We got Chris and Christina. So just having a really good time. I wasn’t gonna pull this out but figured I might for the time being.
So we just wrapped up dinner and now we are going to head to the Standard Hotel, go to the rooftop. And I’ve actually been there before if you’ve watched other videos.
I talk about getting out of your comfort zone. I went to my friend Selena Soo’s five-year business anniversary at the Standard, up at the same exact place that we’re going to right now.
I’m gonna give you a shot overlooking the entire city. I don’t know what the moon’s like to night because I’m surrounded by buildings but hopefully there’s a nice moon, and let’s head there.
We just got to the Standard. Everyone’s jumping out of the taxi’s as we speak. And I have a feeling we’re going to the rooftop right?
[Cathryn] Maybe another horrible view for you.
[Allen] Horrible view.
Guys, guess who’s here, Bryan Roberts! Let’s go find him.
[Bryan] So good to see you bro.
[Allen] I love that you’re wearing white.
[Bryan] Yeah, we did it, we did it.
[Allen] We’re the only ones wearing white. Everyone else is wearing
black, we’re wearing white.
[Bryan] We had to be the out lines, you know how it is man.