Multimillionaire Robert Herjavec's story, that of an immigrant arriving in North America with just $20, is a perfect rags-to-riches tale.
His family fled communist Yugoslavia when he was a child in hopes of landing in America, the land of opportunity, only to be turned away. The family ultimately found refuge in Canada.
The 53-year-old serial entrepreneur told CNBC that he had trouble adjusting to his new country at age 8. Herjavec's father told him to never complain and that "'all you're owed in life is an opportunity.'"
Obstacles and rough patches are just par the course, Herjavec said.
"You're going to get knocked down. You just got to get up again and you got to keep going because at the end of the day, success is your responsibility, and so is failure," he said.