Kids Today… WTF?!

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with kids today? There is a total lack of respect with kids in society today and the world is completely screwed. Multiple times over this Christmas holiday off work I have been out at stores and have seen children screaming at their parents and back talking like it was no big deal. Then I see the parents just laugh and brush it off like their kid is a fucking angel?!

These kids need a swift kick in their asses before the cruel world knocks them down. I am in my mid-thirties and never in my entire childhood could I have gotten away with talking to my parents so disrespectfully.

The world is screwed if these kids are “the future”…. SMH

How’s your day?! Really!

Kind of funny to ask the question and see how people reply to it. You can learn a lot about individuals outlooks in life based upon their response.

When people ask you this question I challenge everyone to respond in a way that only uplifts your day and your attitude.

When people ask me how my day is going, I tell them that I’m conquering the fuck out of the day, and then I’m gonna flip it over and finish!

Fuck replying like you’re “accepting” the hand of cards you’ve been dealt.

Control your hand of cards, and conquer the fuck out of your day!

Friends With Benefits

It’s pretty funny how people can perceive you personally as well as in business.

During my career I have met many individuals who simply were friendly under the notion of what they could get out of me or my firm professionally. After months and sometimes years of friendship certain things happen and you start to see the true colors of these people.

It becomes very clear when the pressure is turned up as to who is your friend, and who was simply occupying space with you to see what they could get out of you.

Personally, I prefer to work only with friends. We are a privately held firm and we need to align our cultures and beliefs with others, in order to develop that strong professional relationship.

It’s interesting how people crumble in the pressure cooker of life, and their true colors come out allowing you to see their true motivation.

To those of you that can’t handle the pressure cooker. Fuck you.

It all comes out in the wash. Parasites!

While the overall displeasure of lazy employees haunts most of us on a daily basis, it remains pretty consistent that it always comes out in the end.

Typically, in most all businesses there are always those few employees, generally one per department, who really do more harm than good. These are the people that have the reactionary management mentality and love being the “superhero” of the team when everything falls apart because they were not pulling their weight.

These individuals are the parasites of companies and are quite possibly the worst individuals you can employ. They will suck the life out of your employees and at the same time bring the morale of your company down to a point of mass chaos.

Everyone should take a step back and try to identify the parasite of your department or company. Every single company has one, and if you don’t know who it is… it’s you!

Hire wisely!

Un-Friend People. Do it.

Nasty-D and I were talking about this the other day, and from both of our perspectives, it is quite accurate. Nasty-D is a few years younger than me, but we both grew up in the same part of town, with the same types of people.

Look at the people in your high school and college that were addicted to each other. I’m sure for everyone there’s that one group of bitchy stick up the ass idiots in your life. This applies to men and women, doesn’t matter trust me.

Look at those people now, in your late twenties and early thirties.. They don’t look so hot anymore do they? They likely have the same group of friends, thrive for that same interaction, with the same people, doing the same things, making the same salary, making the same decisions, with the same consequences and outcomes. Sounds thrilling doesn’t it? Not so much.

I spent my time in high school as well as college distancing myself from these people for the sole fact that i had one goal in mind, to live a financially independent life and not have my wants of today negatively impact my wants of next year. I sacrificed a few years of partying in college, for decades of freedom. That also meant un-friending some of those people that simply brought me down in life. I look back and i do miss some of the dumb things i used to do, but would i give up all this that i have now, for some stupid stuff 15 years ago? Not so much. A phase of your life should determine the rest of your life.

Nasty-D was the same way. Graduated high school early, graduated college early, and is now working his ass off making TONS of money doing something he loves. All because he sacrificed all of the social bullshit in high school and college, to succeed later in life.

Don’t lose sight of your goals and what you REALLY want out of life.

Try talking WITH someone!

Try talking with someone. Really, with someone. Not just at them, and have them reply with their thoughts, after you have spewed our your bullshit.

You hear all of these conversations all day around the office, and some people are better at digesting the force feeding of information than others. Most of the time when people start to feel like they’re being force fed this information, they buckle up and put up their communication walls. Then opposed to communicating, the “conversation” turns into a ping-pong match of bullshit and passive aggressive comments.

There are certain individuals in business you KNOW you have to communicate with certain ways in order to push through the sale, to progress the conversation, and so on. Those personalities are relevant in our personal lives as well, and if we are more mindful of them we will likely be better off.

Even if the other person is total bag of dicks that lacks all inherent human logic, have them talk it out and see where they’re coming from. Chances are you’ll let them talk themselves out of their bullshit web of beliefs, or you’ll find a new way of looking at things!

What. The. F*ck! This is business!

Overall, I personally try to be a very fair person. It’s not a matter of what’s right or wrong, but what’s fair in life that generally makes people the most happy. Most of the time that’s a compromise between the two. Similar to the verbiage that there’s two sides to every story, and then there’s what’s in the middle.

Long story short(er), over the past few months Hakim (CEO / Pres) of a large company have been talking to better understand what’s happening in the market place with our business verticals we are chasing and how we can be more effective and be better stewards of our employees.

In our markets (financial) in particular compensation packages have become so aggressive for individuals that you can literally take your annual salary and multiply it by 3 at the end of the year because of how much revenue you will generate. This allows the companies to make absolute sh*t tons of good revenue (and profit) and also allows the employees to live like kings! The owner’s take their fair share, dont get me wrong.. But at the end of the day it is a win-win for everyone involved.

As of late, Hakim has been getting nailed because he sees almost no value in paying his employees like this to allow them to be successful and life a comfortable life. Ultimately, there is a “sweet spot” in his business market that really caps out their employees. Not that you COULDN’T make more money, but why would you try harder and bust ass for longer hours is the compensation only allowed you to come out with “X” or a certain variation of “X”. Literally, his employees sit there and manage what they sell and bring to the table so that they hit their “sweet spot” and nothing more, because it makes no sense to. If you make 100K more, you’re going to get nailed on taxes on the other side, and then your incentive package get’s tighter.

Our firm does not operate like this, nor do we believe in capping anyone performance wise. Technically, there isn’t a cap at Hakim’s place, but where’s the incentive to bring more business to the table when the ROI (return on investment) is shit once you hit a certain point?

Far too often companies look at their employees like commodities that can be replaced, that are “lucky to have a job”, and so on. That is a relevant way to look at employees if you are working at McDonalds and you’re the master of the frying station but likely, even the person at McDonalds wants to advance into a career path. When you have employees bringing in clients ranging from 250K – 10M, you really need to lose that mentality as a business owner / operator of the company. THAT is the kind of mentality that drives employees away and ultimately retards the growth path of a companies potential revenue stream. Businesses have momentum in their revenue cycles, and you need to be able to capitalize on those, and allow your employees to capitalize on those.

If you are in the position to instill a positive growth mentality weather is be professionally or personally, do it. Nobody every grew a company by letting incentives fall behind, or be treating the employees this way. Weather you think you are or not, i suggest you disconnect from you position for a day, and put yourself in the shoes of those who actually make your business or operation tick. You sit in an office and “watch the books”… Not to be a d*ck, but there’s 23 year old business majors that can ” watch the books” fresh out of college with how these kids are coming out of school now. Are YOU the one developing the business, developing the relationships, sacrificing your life, your family, your time, for the well being and common goal of building the company?

If you’re the one that’s “watching the books”, likely not…

Look at it like this… The CEO of an Airline walks into the room like a cocky asshole, and tells the Pilot who is about to fly the plane, “This is MY Airline”… What’s the Pilot’s response going to be? “Well, then fly YOUR OWN f*cking plane”….

Don’t be told to fly your own f*cking plane. Disconnect and listen.

Remember, this is business. For everyone.

Be kind! Especially to your pilot!

This morning me and one of my business partners are leaving for a day trip. We both pull up to the FBO (airport) at about the same time and we wait inside while they fuel up our jet. We are very blessed and are lucky enough to fly private for our business trips usually.

As we are waiting inside the terminal like a normal passenger, then this arrogant prick walks in the door… He looks like the kind of guy that would be offering you lotion or perfume samples at a kiosk in the mall. Leaves his car running at the entrance of the terminal, walks straight through the terminal, out the back door, and on to another jet that is waiting on the tarmac. The kind of guy that when he walks you immediately hear a techno beat in your mind because he is always suspiciously walking to some beat. Total D-bag.

My business partner and I laugh out loud along with the entire internal staff of the FBO. Everyone is dying laughing and we are all sharing the same sentiments with each other about his actions.

Four pilots walk out of some back room and walk into the waiting area and call our names. The other two pilots are for Mr. Free Lotion Samples. The other two pilots ask where he is, and the front desk lady goes…

“He’s out in that jet parked on the side of the tarmac. The one that’s broken down from last night.”

Pilot’s reply “How did he get in there?!”

Everyone in the terminal now bursts into laughter and tell the two other pilots the story about him and how we walked in and how he treated the staff.

Pilot’s reply “Well, f*ck him. He can wait. Hell, that’s not even the jet we are taking! That ones in for repair! When he comes back inside and checks in, we will help him!”

Twenty minutes passes and we head out to OUR jet, take off, and are on our merry way. On our trips we generally all try to talk to the pilots and converse a bit. They’re people too, so we like to learn about them. We keep a good steady conversation going with these guys for about 45 minutes, and then this!

The co-pilot looks over and goes “Remember that asshole from the FBO?”

All ears perk up… He tells us that this guy finally got out of the jet after a tug came and pulled the aircraft over to the repair shop for service. He missed his ACTUAL flight. The two pilots that were still at the FBO, took his lack of check in as a no show, and they jumped on another flight to charter!

This goes to show you. No matter who you are. How higher and mighty you might be. Treat others with respect! It doesn’t matter if you’re the guy driving the fuel truck, the tug driver, the pilot, the receptionist, or the valet. Treat others with respect.

We are all in this together, and your entitled bullshit attitude will only backfire on you. 

Be humble and be kind!

As for the passenger from hell… Go back to offering free lotion samples at the mall. Shitty things happen to shitty people.