At the core of every business isn’t money. It’s relationships.
Now, I don’t mean that you need to go on a business retreat and hold hands with your coworkers as you dance around a campfire singing Kumbaya. But we can be practicing ways of relating to others that build mutual respect, trust, and maybe even some love.
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I’ve always believed it pays to be honest. Even when it’s scary.
I was working at my first full-time job at a bank doing data entry, and my coworker made a mistake that got sent to the COO of the bank.
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When I started my data entry job in 2004, I would have never known that it would have helped me in starting businesses.
But it did.
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Everyone wants to grow. No one wants to go backward, stagnate, settle. It may happen, but not because we want that.
Then why do some people grow more than others? Is it just pure ability, genetics, environment? Maybe. It’s hard to say. But, for me, there is one characteristic that stands out more than others.
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Featured pic above by Billy, I think, of my business partner and me at our first photo shoot. We had no idea what we were doing. What is that look on my face?
Grand dreams of selling luxury t-shirts swirled in my mind, as I schlepped through Bedford Stuyvesant, the Brooklyn neighborhood in which Jay-Z grew up. It was 2008, and the Great Recession had begun.
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At the heart of every business are relationships. In my industry of technology services, this is especially true.
We have to meet with the potential client, get to know them, ask them questions, wine and dine them, pay for the meal, all as we gaze in their eyes and make them feel loved. I call that the first date.
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We become like the people with whom we surround ourselves.
We are social creatures and can be influenced. We are more easily influenced than we think. I am.
Who do you want to be? Do you have dreams? Aspire to something greater?
You can achieve it.
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I used to think time was an abundant resource, almost limitless. Then I did this.
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When I was younger, I didn’t think I could ever fall into depression. Not that I wasn’t susceptible to it but that it just would happen to me. But, I was naive.
I was working at a church in Queens, New York, learning how to start churches. I was young and full of hope.
My life was a beautiful dream. I was living in the city I loved, working in the career I felt called to and I was making new friends. My future looked bright.
Then, I got fired.
Continue reading “Surviving one of the most difficult times in my life: my bout with depression”