Just A Number. The Worst Business Decision.

Over the past few days I sat down with an entrepreneur friend of mine who is a very successful woman with a large company based out of the Atlanta, GA area. From my last post, I felt like I really needed to dig in and digest what my company and other companies do to help their employees not feel like a “number”, and dig into their employee retention.

The woman I sat down with yesterday owns an extremely successful company, that chances are you all have heard of, and you know personally. When we sat down with her, and we got past our typical exchanges of “how’s the family” bullshit, we really dug into the facts and I asked her the following question to begin…

“What made you feel like you had to leave your old company, and start your own?”

Her answer was one which was the most telling thing to me, and really hit home more so than any other answer she could have given.

Her response: “I got to a point where i felt like a number, and not a part of the company. I became disposable, as the only value i brought to the table was numbers to them”

I took this and really sat back and thought about it, because her answer was a bit different than what i thought it would be. She didn’t come out and say “well i could make more money”, or “well i hated my boss”, or something along the lines that you would expect. She simply stayed in her lane as her boss asked her to, and simply generated numbers to support the longevity of the company and build the company she worked for and loved.

Finally, she got sick of only bringing numbers to the table and wanted to bring more. When she asked to bring more to the table and manage employees, it became very clear that she was just a number, just a revenue generator, and nothing else.

Essentially, her value to the company was defined by a sales number and that was it…. All along she simply wanted to do more for the company to help build them up.

Just think about it; As a company you have your best sales resource saying “i want to help manage people the correct way and help them generate more revenue”…

The company was so concerned about HER revenue generation, they didn’t want to invest in anyone else and let her help grow others into larger revenue generators.

Now, let me tell you where my friend is versus where her old company is…

My friend: Owns her own business. Makes her own money. Manages an amazing sales team and owns her OWN COMPANY. Calls her own shots, and doesn’t deal with the narrow minded bullshit of other people. She wants to see you grow, wants to see you flourish professionally and empowers not only women but everyone at her company, regardless of position, race, sex, creed, etc.

Her old company: Took a massive sales hit the first year she left. In one year, their revenue was cut in half, they want through lay-offs, and they closed their doors a year and a half after her departure. Two years after her departure her new company purchased her old company’s assets, and sold them off a few months later.

If THIS doesn’t provide insight on how to treat people, how to manage your employees, and how to grow a business, then you deserve the shit train wreck you’re about to cause.

Keep your heads down, and grind it out. Remember, CASH IS KING.

No one will ever fault you for benefiting yourself. (And if they do, they’re pieces of shit)

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!

2017 In Closing

Well, all in all 2017 was a pretty good year for us and simply wanted to update the world on where everyone was in three categories that actually matter….

Family. Friends. Professions.

Family: All of us are doing great right now. Everyone that has kids, they’re still alive. All of us that are married, are still married. All of us that have been single, are still single and living it up.

Friends: I would say all of us definitely made some new friends this year by means of our working professions. As a privately held company we try to stick with working with clients that we actually can relate to and build a relationship with. We are a very long term company, not just a “one-pump-chump” take your money and go kind of firm, so we thrive on those relationships and most of our clients actually become our good friends.

Professions: A year like no other for just about anyone i would say. This year was booming on Wall Street as well as in the private sectors which had been a tremendously encouraging thing to see given the current state of the Government. Not, please don’t start with left wing/right wing bullshit. Simply stating the facts here, and it’s refreshing to see. There has been a sudden boom in all markets across the Country with newly acquired capital and it has turned into jobs for many individuals and i love to see that.

In closing, 2017 wasn’t a total piece of shit. But it could have been better. Very thankful for the fruits of the year, but still we could have moved bigger mountains.

Wishing everyone a safe New Years and a prosperous 2018!

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.

Be Bold!

Being bold is often looked at as being pushy or being politically incorrect, and in most cases rude. In most all social circumstances the person who is the “outspoken” friend who says what they want and states their mind is the rude one or is also classified as the “bitchy girlfriend”.

Never in my professional experience have i encountered being bold as being a negative thing when it comes to pursing what you want. Think of all the big tech giants out there, and all of the greatest innovators of our generations, they all didn’t take no for an answer and they were bold.

Being bold can get you the meeting with the perspective client you’re looking for, get you the raise you’ve been wanting, or even provide you with the ability to get your child into the private school your wife has been eyeballing for years.

Never be afraid to be bold and get what you want no matter the setting or situation.

Being bold exudes confidence.

Be confident. Be bold.

Think like you’re RICH!

I am sure all of us can name a few of these people in our lives that thrive for the easy way out. A lot of us can relate to having the one employee that simply tries to do as little as possible, only caring about themselves, and not the additional burden then place on their co-workers.

Additionally, many of us know the parents that simply stick an iPad in front of their child and treat it like a babysitter, and then there’s those people that always seem to get tied up in “hard times” because of the life decisions they make.

No matter who the person is or the situations surrounding their “Easy out”, 95% of the time the easiest way out it actually the hardest and with the most consequences. The shitty employee will eventually have all of the other employees turn on them, the bad parent will eventually have a child with behavioral problems, and the individual with the “hard times” will keep having hard times because of their bullshit life decisions.

A long time ago a professor told me that the only difference between rich people and poor people was they way they looked at life. He told us this at the very beginning of the semester and we all looked at him like he was some sort of insensitive jerk-off with little or no compassion. Then as he began to teach the class, it turns out he was right…. Think about it. The only difference between rich people and poor people is the fact that the rich look at a problem and find a solution, they’re solutions people. They thrive on solutions as the solutions can make their lives easier, and their is a direct correlation to them finding a solution and them having the ability to make more money. Now think about the poor person, they simply accept a bad hand of cards, put their shoulders down and say “well, it’s just not my time”… Note: a really good way to spot this person is to look for the person that blames everyone else’s success on “luck”… It’s not luck when you make it for yourself!

The easy way is never taken by the rich, because they’re always looking for solutions. If the rich do have the means of taking the easy way, it’s because they’ve made it easy for themselves.

Never look for the easy way out, it will only begin to shape your character in a way that will keep you comfortably living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Irma-gerd!

Currently, if you haven’t heard there’s a little rain storm named Irma that’s ripping a new asshole in the south-eastern United States. Most of the state of Florida was evacuated, and now this little gem has been “downgraded” from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Bullshit. I know. 

As a current Atlanta resident and native to this salad bowl of diversity and shit, there is one thing the south-east has not done well at all. Prepare for natural occurances such as snow, rain, storms, etc. 

A light drizzle of rain stops traffic like a monsoon. A snowflake causes mass chaos like a blizzard. You get the picture.
Atlanta is currently in a state of emergency for the most recent tropical storm Irma that is pounding down on us with rain and wind. It’s laughable to take is sincerely when almost every natural occurance in the south-east calls for a state of emergency because we aren’t prepared to wipe our own asses.

SMH. Pussies.

Labor Day – Who & Why

This past weekend we took our families out on the lake for a nice long weekend to simply cap off the summer in one last big bash. Here in the South though, there is this thing called “fall break”, which is honestly a bullshit school holiday where teachers and student get to take time off before a month and half of crunch time.

While on the lake you see all of the typical individuals you would expect. Everyone there is broken up into these categories…

  • Successful men that bought a family boat for their families to enjoy
  • Men that over-finances a boat for their families to enjoy
  • Rednecks that bought something for themselves to enjoy
  • Rental boaters who simply want to trash what everyone else has worked hard for

Labor day in itself has always been something that I have perceived as a nice break at the end of summer to celebrate some nice grind-time at the office. The first 3 categories of these boaters, i can say in some form or fashion do deserve to celebrate labor day….

There is one group of these boaters who simply are parasites and they always seems to be consistently the same types of people. The rental boaters are typically showing up with a group of about 8-16 individuals to rent a boat that can legally hold 7 people. The result is now two watercraft that have idiots driving them. Now, i understand some of you may be thinking why i call them such things, but when you show up to rent a boat and you’re sucking on a pacifier and you’re in your early 20’s…. You have no leg to stand on.

Typically, on the lake there’s the experienced boaters and then these rental folks who ruin it for everyone who come out rolling on molly with their 1-hitters in their pockets like they’re going to a 311 concert. I can appreciate both of those things, but when those things can cause harm to my family or put my family in danger, you can go fuck yourself.

It seems like every fucking weekend there’s the same TYPE of people showing up to rent boats, the same type of people who do not respect themselves to even begin respecting others, or other people’s property.

If they don’t respect themselves, how the hell can you expect them to respect someone else’s property or be mindful of someone else’s life?

Cut your losses!

Everyone needs to know when to cut their losses.

No matter personal or professional we all have losses that we all need to cut. It sometimes takes us getting our feelings and pride thrown up in our faces, but we need to have it thrown in our faces sooner than later.

In your professional lives if we keep an employee on staff for too long because we like them, we end up bleeding money on someone because we have blind hope that it will work out for the sake of our own pride, as well as the desire to see your employees succeed.

In our personal lives if you are not losing friends, you are not growing. True friends will understand your growth and will be only a phone call away. This is very true and it takes a lot of guts to realize this in our personal lives because our friends and personal interactions are what keeps us centered and bring us comfort.

If you have the same best friends for 10-20 years, you likely haven’t grown. Try to make yourself change and adapt. Change is necessary for growth, as a seed does not stay a seed.