This winter has been brutal on everyone. The snow, the cold, the potholes in the street, the winter vortex, the pipes breaking, the high heat bills and more snow. Some days I holler, but this winter has given me the opportunity to reflect on me being a better father, husband, brother and son.
I have been thinking for months on how to be a better businessman, but it is really about being a better person and putting it into action. From the dozens of businessmen who have sat in my chair this winter and lament over the war stories of entrepreneurship, I know now that businesses come and go. However, I got to wake up in this body for a long time.
I admit, I battle with finding reasons to take action. I’ve been looking for reasons to finally do this, or to do that, but I’ve discovered that I have to be more of action than getting caught in analyzing, over-analyzing and re-analyzing.
I am learning how to juggle thought and action which means I am more bout being in the now and not about looking for a reason to go through a process, but to just be the process.
Part of the long silence on the blog was thinking about “What should I write next?” Should it be the next big thing? And tonight I got fed up with that question and am writing what is on my heart.
I know I am being abstract. And it might not seem connected to Seventy Sixes, through it is. Stepping back and being a better person allows me to support people who have been pushing this shop to be 3 years old in May.
Bit by bit, I’ve been going to client’s birthday parties, sporting events, restaurant openings, performances, gallery exhibitions and mixers. For the first 2 1/2 years I was too tired to do anything and focused on cutting and keeping my doors open. But I find it better in my soul to create profound relationships than rush through heads without me knowing them or vice versa.
Several weeks ago a client rushed in to get his hair cut. He had to go to a funeral in about an hour. However, he stepped into a packed shop. He had four people in front of him. My client gave everyone a proposition, “I will pay for everyone’s haircut if you let me go next.” It was a man’s celebration. Everybody agreed.
For me, that small gesture made me think of staying humble. In the city, we can get bogged down with our own problems, and they all could’ve easily said no. Though the free hair cut was a great incentive, I’d like to get to the place where that same man can walk in and announce his dilemma and everyone say, “You got it bruh.”
We are all evolving. Before my shop can get there, I gotta be there, in action and thought, to be a better me.
Be FreSh Stay FreSh