Three years ago I started this blog and knew I’d one day write a book. Last week I published my first book and it’s intended to inspire Parentpreneurs. People keep asking me why I wrote it, so I thought I’d answer that question here.
I post a lot on Facebook about the spontaneous hilarity, and day-to-day of being a dad of twin toddlers, and I often use the hashtag #TwinDadLife. People seem to dig it, so I thought I’d share some of the more “interesting” posts here on the blog.
This is also important because it contradicts the stereotype that Black men aren’t good dads and aren’t involved in the lives of their children.
How the hell do you get your business noticed these days when consumers are being bombarded with so many messages? Seriously, I’m asking. Because I have no idea.
Yeah yeah! I know all about the usual “tricks” like, Facebook advertising, blogging, guest blogging, blogger reviews, appearing on podcasts, Google Adwords, Instagram ads, daily deal sites, influencer marketing, PR, landing pages, and blah blah blah.
Presumably those tactics have been successful for many businesses, but not so much for mine.
The more you hustle, the luckier you get.
To be clear, hard work (e.g., hustle) matters more than anything. But in my experience as an entrepreneur, the harder I work, the more lucky breaks I get.
This might be an obvious statement to some, but I know there are many people who don’t believe in luck; they say they create their own luck, or there’s just no such thing as luck.
They are wrong.
I recently read an article in Entrepreneur magazine titled, Kevin O’Leary’s 7 Golden Tips for Startups. Tip #4, “Know when to pull the plug,” caught my attention, and I would like to know whether you agree. The tip said:
If you can’t make money after 36 months, and there’s no path to making money, it was a hobby, not a business. You have to take it behind the barn and shoot it.
This weekend I had the good fortune of being featured in Forbes.com as one of eighteen entrepreneurs who are up and coming, but who were rejected by the tv show Shark Tank. I’ve been rejected twice by “The Tank” despite making it past the first round of auditions both times.
Folks ask me all the time how I’m able to get PR like this on my own, so I thought I’d share the background story.
As entrepreneurs, we are out here grinding, chasing big dreams and trying to knock the cover off the ball. When the stakes are high, we all hope for the best and sometimes get attached to the outcomes we want. But when things don’t go as planned, we can get down on ourselves.
Don’t do it.
Why? Because I’ve learned an important lesson on this entrepreneurial journey: When things seem to not be going your way, they can take an unexpected turn that works out completely in your favor. In other words, sometimes when you think you lose, you ultimately win.
I’d like to share a quick story to make my point.
Yesterday I had the idea that my company, WeMontage, should be included in the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. I mean, why not, right?! I’m confident she will love it, if she gets a chance to see it.
I thought I’d share this experience on the blog because it might inspire someone to take action towards manifesting their vision and get their hustle on. (more…)
This morning Money Magazine featured my biz and me in an online article and video, and they published the article in the May print issue.
People ask me all the time how I’m able to get great PR like this on my own, and my answer is mundane and always the same: it’s luck and hustle. (more…)
Y’all know I keep it 100 over here. Today I’d like to talk a little about the good, bad, and ugly of my current entrepreneurial journey. Too many folks write only about the good, but that is limited in its instruction and inspiration. It’s the bad and ugly of the entrepreneurial process to which most people relate and from which they have useful takeaways.
To steal a line of gallows humor from one of my advisors, “It’s always darkest before it’s pitch black.” That is some dark ass humor, but it’s true; at least in my experience. What the joke doesn’t say though, is if you keep working and maintain a positive attitude, eventually, the sun does shine.
I suppose what is good, bad, and ugly is subjective, but here’s my assessment of my situation. (more…)
The other day I posted a comment on Facebook and it got tons of engagement, so I thought it worth sharing here on the blog. And yep, I get it, everyone’s experience will be different and there are always exceptions to every rule. But here’s what I think is most likely to happen when you jump and grow your wings on the way down…
My twins recently turned three, and I had an epiphany: these ARE the good old days.
If you ever talk to people whose kids are grown now, you know what I mean. Parents whose kids have gone off to college and/or now have their own children will tell you how fast the time flies, and many of them long for the days when their kids snuggled up to them after kissing their boo-boo, or gave them a kiss just because.
Here’s a wonderful article that drives these thoughts home via The Huffington Post written by my blogger friend, Dawn Q Landau, titled, Dreaming Of The Days When My Grown Sons Adored Their “Mommy.”
I’ve also heard some parents describe the experience of having young kids as “long days and short years.” I agree with this, but think it’s not just the years that are short, but the months, too. (more…)
It was December, 2012 and my wife was 6 months pregnant with our twins when we went in for an ultrasound checkup; it was all normal.
Until it wasn’t.
The technician noticed a problem with my son’s placenta and blood flow, which caused him to be under-sized, as he wasn’t getting proper nourishment. If the blood started to flow backward, we would have to immediately deliver both babies, or else my son wouldn’t make it. (more…)
A good friend of mine posted this article’s feature image on his Facebook page; he recently left a successful career in corporate marketing, and is now an entrepreneur. He posted the following quote along with the photo:
This is so true. I never saw it this way but it is a reality. – Roger G.
As someone who has been on the entrepreneurial grind for about four years now, who has made MANY sacrifices along the way, and is a dad of three year-old twins, this photo resonates deeply with me.
For this post, in addition to the items listed in the feature image, I’m going to list a few other ways supporting small businesses is helpful.
And I’d like you to add to this list by leaving additional helpful items in the comments section. I will update this list with all of your input. It would be great to see this list grow to well over 100 items.
To be clear, I ain’t at all mad at the big company CEO for building her third holiday home-more power to her. But people need to know their support of small businesses MATTERS.