Hustling with Homies & Business with Bros
I grew up working in a family business and often, I had to call on close teenage friends to help with projects. Likewise, with my friend's families, who had small-businesses, if there was a significant project that needed more hands, I was there! As a teenager, these kinds of cross-functions assignments boosted loyalty level amongst friends who I often played sports with or interacted with in a social setting.
These types of experiences helped me gain the social skills to learn from others while working in groups. The best way to learn from people is by getting to know them. After my teenage years, at age 26 I was working for a New Balance, and they opened a health club. I made friends with members of the health club, and ultimately a unique job opportunity came around from where one friend would become my manager. It turned out to be a great decision. I learned a ton about a new industry and grew my sales experience.
Jay Z & Dame Dash were childhood friends that started a company together and became internationally successful. Their philosophies, skills and business models re-shaped the entire music industry, known to be dominated by corporate giants. What I love about their relationship, Dame Dash knew his lane is a cultivator and business manager while Jay Z remained the talent. Ultimately, they went their separate ways but not without making their mark in history.
Bill Belichick & Tom Brady, not sure if they are friends off the field, the point is they have a legendary working relationship. Their success trumps any relationship they have behind closed doors. The years of success these two have experienced prove that diverse skill sets improve performance. Belichick is known for his defensive mind, while Brady is the talent with the ball.
Imagine starting a company with your friends, making billions of dollars, and everything goes smoothly forever and ever. Sike, it's impossible because of nothing last forever. Cherish the moments today while planning to positively impact the future. Although all good things come to an end, strive to make by surrounding yourself with like-minded people.