My Father Was The First Entrepreneur That I Ever Knew..

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, I think it comes second nature to me. From the time I could remember, I’ve always been thinking of things I could do that would prevent me from having to work for anyone. And it isn’t until recently, I realized that I was born with the entrepreneurial bug, taking after my father who has had his own business for the past 25 years.

It just seems like the universe is rooting for me to make that decision. I’m a firm believer that some people are born to be leaders, and others meant to be workers. There’s nothing wrong with either, the world needs one just as much as they need the other. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t do well with taking orders from authority, so I’ll take being a leader for 500 Alex..

Photo taken July 13, 2011

I’ve always been filled with ideas, I think all of my friends can attest to this. I remember having my own printing company with my cousin when I was like 10, where I would print business cards, and holiday greeting cards for my family and neighbors. One summer, my sister & I sold water balloons, and set up a grill in the neighborhood. Now, 26, I have my own clothing line, I’m about to self publish a book, I have a new business I’m starting with my BFF (more details coming soon, you guys are gonna love it). I’m tryna do it all man. I don’t believe in being boxed in. I think that if you are interested in several things, it is possible to excel in them.

Having a father as an entrepreneur wasn’t easy though. He was extremely dedicated to his work, and how could I blame him, he was great at it!  Managing to exist and survive in this day and age filled with competition, it’s a blessing to still be thriving. One good thing that came out of it was it encouraged me to somewhat follow in his footsteps. I have no intention on working for anyone else again. But with every good, comes the bad, he missed out on a lot of my growing up, financially he was there, but emotionally and physically he was lacking. It took me years to understand and be able to forgive him for that.

Above all else, my father being an entrepreneur has given me insight. When you work for yourself, you work more than the expected 40 hours a week, there is no such thing as a real day off. There are tons of sacrifices that you will have to make, but you should stop forgetting that you are the one who calls the shots.  You have to be willing to make time for the things that matter, because the time is going to pass anyway.

So to all the entrepreneurs out there, I feel your pain. It’s tough when people don’t think your ideas are realistic enough, or think that you won’t be able to sustain. I say, fuck the doubters, and just show them. Here are some key things to keep in mind while on your entrepreneurial route:

  • Do your research, if you plan on being successful, know the market that you’re getting into like the back of your hand.
  • Keep negative people away, that energy is contagious, and the LAST thing this world needs is another negative person.
  • BREATHE. Don’t forget to breathe, since being an entrepreneur can be a tiring thing, don’t forget to make time for you, making time for yourself is also an investment, do some yoga, meditate, run yourself a bath, book a trip!
  • Being an entrepreneur is not easy, but once you remember why you started, you won’t stop.
  • Stop with the competitive shit, focus on you and your brand and it will flourish.
Those are all I have for now, let me know if you guys have anymore. And remember we are all in this together, the only way to succeed is to work together.
Forever Stripped,
D. Wil xoxo

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