Robert Herjavec dishes on the moment he knew he made it -- and helping kids achieve their dreams

For some, finding success means better schools for your kids, a beautiful new home or that big shiny purchase you've been eyeing at the store. For "Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec, selling his company meant giving back to his dad.

"For years, my dad loved cars and for him, the ultimate car was the Cadillac, right? In Eastern Europe, he had dreams of a Cadillac he saw on TV in the 50s. so one day, when I made a little bit of money, I took him to a car dealership and arranged it ahead of time so there was one car only -- and it's a Cadillac DeVille ... And I said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'One day.' And I said, 'Well, today's the day.' And I give him the keys and he starts crying, I start crying," Herjavec told AOL Finance.

Herjavec immigrated to Canada with his parents when he was a young child and grew up in a humble home -- his father swept floors in a factory and his mother was a receptionist. The TV star says that even to this day, his parents' sacrifice is his greatest motivator.

"[Being an immigrant] just makes you believe that you need to give back. For me, it was always if I didn't do something with my life, it was disrespectful to my mom and dad. Somebody sacrificed something for me to be sitting here talking to you, and if you're not going to do it for yourself, do it for them. So I've always had this attitude about life, this incredible journey -- and you've gotta have a dream, you've gotta have a vision and you've gotta go for it," he said.

Herjavec's "dream big" mentality is reflected today in a recent partnership with Frito-Lay Variety Pack's "Dreamvention" contest, which encourages kids aged 7 and older to "Dream-vent" a fun and simple invention for the chance to have their creation brought to life in a prototype and be awarded a $250,000 grand prize. Entrepreneurial youngsters just have to upload a simple drawing and short explanation onto mydreamvention.com from now through April 24th.

"It's very inspiring, but it's also a little humbling," Herjavec said about the program. "You know, when I was 8 or 10 I didn't have any ideas for creating a product -- I just knew I didn't want to be poor -- so this was such a great program for me to be involved with because we're giving kids and their families the opportunity to really dream."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - ROBERT HERJAVEC AND KYM JOHNSON - The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Robert Herjavec is partnered with Kym Johnson. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Professional dancer Kym Johnson and inverstor Robert Herjavec attend the premiere of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' season 20 at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on March 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Robert Herjavec, Shirley Ballas and Kym Johnson attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Professional dancer Kym Johnson and inverstor Robert Herjavec attend the premiere of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' season 20 at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on March 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Shirley Ballas, Paul Killick, Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Kym Johnson performs on Dancing With The Stars: Live! at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson and Sasha Farber attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Dancer Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' season premiere at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on March 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Professional dancer Kym Johnson and inverstor Robert Herjavec attend the premiere of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' season 20 at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on March 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Kym Johnson performs on Dancing With The Stars: Live! at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - ABC announced the 'Dancing with the Stars' 10th anniversary celebrity cast and professional pairings live on 'Good Morning America,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. 'Dancing with the Stars' premieres live on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) ROBERT HERJAVEC, KYM JOHNSON
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - ABC announced the 'Dancing with the Stars' 10th anniversary celebrity cast and professional pairings live on 'Good Morning America,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. 'Dancing with the Stars' premieres live on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) REDFOO, EMMA SLATER, KYM JOHNSON, ROBERT HERJAVEC, RUMER WILLIS, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, TONY DOVOLANI, SUZANNE SOMERS, NOAH GALLOWAY, SHARNA BURGESS, MARK BALLAS, WILLOW SHIELDS, WITNEY CARSON, MICHAEL SAM, PETA MURGATROYD, ALLISON HOLKER, RIKER LYNCH, PATTI LABELLE, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY, KEO MOTSEPE
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Brittany Cherry, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson attend the 2015 Royal Ball Hollywood Gala at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Kym Johnson (C) performs at 'Dancing With The Stars: Live!' - Los Angeles, CA at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec are seen on June 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Wilbur/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 31: TV Personality Robert Herjavec (L) and his Wife Dancer / TV Personality Kym Johnson (R) attend the opening night of '42nd Street' at the Pantages Theatre on May 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec appear to promote 'You Don't Have To Be A Shark: Creating Your Own Success' at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec attend Robert Herjavec In Conversation With Barbara Corcoran at 92nd Street Y on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Robert Herjavec (L) and Kym Johnson attend the 2016 Entertainment Weekly & People New York Upfront at Cedar Lake on May 16, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson attend the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec attend Bulgari at the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Bulgari)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec arrives at the 2016 G'Day Los Angeles Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - FEBRUARY 09: ÃKym Johnson of 'Dancing With The Stars' (R) and Robert Herjavec of 'Shark Tank' appear at her book signing for 'The 5-6-7-8 Diet' at Barnes & Noble on February 9, 2016 in San Diego, California. Ã (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Dancer / TV Personality Kym Johnson (L) and TV Personality / Businessman Robert Herjavec (R) attend an evening with Kym Johnson from Dancing With The Stars to celebrate the release of her new book 'The 5-6-7-8 Diet: The 14-Day Plan For Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss' on January 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Dancer/TV personality Kym Johnson (L) and businessman/TV personality Robert Herjavec attend the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 20: Robert Herjavec and girlfriend Kym Johnson are seen leaving Good Morning America together on December 20, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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