My dad taught me a bunch of stuff about business — Some I’ve kept, some I’ve pushed to the side. Right, dad? 😉 But through it all, I can say that he is responsible for the single most important advice I’ve ever received. The thing that made me into the man I am today.
When I walked into my dad’s wine store at 14, let’s just say I was a bit of a bullshit artist. The charisma and salesmanship that a lot of you have come to enjoy (thanks for that, by the way) comes from being a bit full of crap. Salesmanship and bullshit are very similar in nature, but luckily I’ve been able to turn my charisma into something positive to help me become the businessman I am today.
While working at my dad’s store, he taught me that when you make a commitment, you stick to it. If I were to buy 50 cases of wine for my dad’s wine store, I was in for those cases no matter what. If the market changed or the wine received a poor rating, he taught me to stick with that purchase. You take it, you eat it, you drink it. Your word is bond.
Without my dad’s teachings, there is no way I’d be as honorable, or as good a dude as I am today. It’s basically responsible for everything I’ve become. I’ve been able to hold onto business relationships forever, and see the true value that the marathon provides over the sprint. And it all comes back to my dad’s advice.
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