how do you balance building a career + building a relationship? from personal experience, it seems like one or the other will suffer. I know, I know... with the right person yada yada but really though... time is a limited asset.
every tech IPO is a reminder that my true goal is to create a diverse company that whenever we exit, will create a bunch of new black/brown millionaires whom I hope to inspire to invest in other entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Money is a funny thing. People have these imaginary numbers in their head of how much money they need to be “good” Truth is, most people adjust their lifestyle to their income even subconsciously and and they end up feeling like they need/want more.
Probably an unpopular opinion but I think in the day and age of social media/personal branding...too often founders focus on being celebrated & not enough time being heads down & scaling some revolutionary shit. We're hopping on panels, doing interviews, etc before real success.
Personal brands solely built on depreciating assets (i.e. looks, current popular trend) are destined to fail. Gotta diversify, become versatile and be three steps ahead. Them checks won’t always be there.
I get asked about personal branding a lot, and I warn people...if you really want to build a personal brand then you should probably be comfortable working for yourself. The majority of companies will not be supportive and can make finding a job difficult/could cause job loss.
Most people have no idea the power of bad reviews and the effect it has on small businesses. If you truly have an unforgivably bad experience, I understand but if you’re just being a brat...chill and realize that can take food off people’s tables.
Instead of showing off that Rolls Royce headrest, grind and get your own. Instead of flaunting on someone’s jet or yacht, grind and get your own. Instead of partying at other people’s mansions, grind to get your own. Instead of name dropping, be the one who’s name is dropped.
its taken me almost 30 years to realize what being genuinely happy feels like. grateful for another year around the sun to be able to get to that point in my life and cheers to the homies that never got the chance to.