I always had dreams and aspirations of owning my own business, even at an early age. When I was 3, I told my parents that when I grow up I was going to sell water. That was in 1988, so of course my parents laughed at me and told me, “No one will pay for water. It’s free silly boy!”
They are definitely not laughing now because selling water has turned into a $22 billion dollar industry. I could have owned Ice Mountain! No big deal, I wasn’t ready for a multi-billion dollar company anyway. I was still trying to get this potty training thing down.
I started my first business selling key chains when I was a little older in the fifth grade. My parents owned a leather goods store that specialized in luggage before I was born and they kept a lot of the old inventory in our attic. So I would go from person to person in school selling these fancy key chains for $0.50. I was living the life until I ran out of key chains.
My next major adventure was in the 8th grade when I opened a candy store out of my parents’ house. I did pretty well until a “shady” character rung our bell at 6 am in the morning looking for some Juice and Doritos. My parents didn’t particularly care for such customers and shut me down immediately.
In high school I started working an actual job, but I knew the money was in entrepreneurship so I sold tutoring services and custom music cds. I considered myself a jack of all trades. Whatever you needed I could get.
In college I started my first serious entrepreneurial adventure when I started a clothing line called LP-Apparel. It was founded my sophomore year in 2005. It was an African American clothing line dedicated to the pride and accomplishments of our community. It actually did pretty well and afforded me the opportunity to do many speaking engagements as well as do an opening speech for Russell Simmons.
Once I graduated college, I ended my company because I let life get in the way. I basically forgot my path. I jumped into corporate America with the idea this would prepare me to own a larger company. The sad thing is that after five years, this was not the case. Corporate America isn’t a breeding ground for entrepreneurs as I originally thought—it’s an entrepreneurial graveyard.
Entrepreneurial ambition begins to diminish when one becomes an employee. It is drained more and more each day as we become more and more compliant. You get use to the idea of a steady paycheck and comfortable benefits. You don’t have to make decisions because they tell you what to do, when to do it, when to eat, when to leave and whatever else they want you to do. In your mind it sounds more reasonable to build someone else’s dream instead of building your own. This is where I found myself, stuck in a downward spiral burying my dreams deeper and deeper until recently…
A few months ago I was awaken out of my sleep. A friend approached me and let me know that there is a better way. There is a life that is worth living because it is full of purpose and abundance. This is the life that not only I deserved but also every human being on this earth. My blinders were off of my life and I wanted to share what I found with the world. I wanted to share my message with everyone but I felt like I was alone because nobody could see what I saw. I felt like I was in the matrix and I took the red pill and now I can see the truth. The reality of the world we live in is what started this blog.
I understand now that there are others like me: They have dreams and aspirations but their current career is not getting them any closer. They want to break free of the 9 to 5 grind and start making their dreams a reality but very few people think like they think. If you are one of those types of people this blog is dedicated to you.
Welcome to the world of part time entrepreneurship. I understand that you only have a limited amount of time to work on your business because I am like you. I will share with you the mindset, tools and information I use to make it work. Hopefully my story will help you create your own.
I already have the perfect first line of your story that I borrowed from the great, late Jim Rohn. Use this when having a conversation with a person and they ask you “What do you do?”.
“I work full time on my job but part time on my fortune”
See you on the journey my friend.
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