Memoirs of a Businessman, Chapter 1
Back Page Misfit: When Your Past Calls
(2 weeks ago)
My phone rang one morning and it was a man asking for someone to protect a lady. The kicker was this woman worked on what we would affectionately call the blade(wouldn’t be the first time I had to do such a thing).
“The blade” is a synonym for the occupational spot of a working lady.
He told me that he needed someone to pull up and look intimidating for just a few minutes. The funny thing is, he saw a picture of one of my younger homies holding a machete.
We conversed for a few minutes. I told him that the younger man in the picture wasn’t me.
“Good,” he said. “I didn’t think that would work anyway. However, I saw your picture and I figured you’d probably know someone capable.”
Perhaps I did. Maybe that person was me?
He further explained that the job would pay $200 if I had to go or that he would still pay me for the hassle if not. How could I say no to this deal? I was going to win either way!
This is an attitude you need to consistently have in business.
After having a prison bid for burglary and conspiracy charges I’ve moved on to more lucrative and legal fields. Like working for a design firm, writing books, and building a movement that encompasses all of these things. We’ll discuss how I get there later because honestly this book is a huge part of it.
Even though I moved away from that lifestyle sometimes it still calls me or even messages me online. One would think that after you’ve moved away and attempted to become a better person the past wouldn’t follow you so much. Yet I periodically see parts of it manifest in my very reality all of the time.
Kids would say things like, “Your mom is so fat when she sits around the house she really sits AROUND the house.”
It was in the dead of winter and the beginning of a new presidency. I had been battling for weeks. Mostly because I was upset about life and the current presidential elect. And by battling, I mean free style MC-ing.
I regularly check into freestyle groups, as a hobby, just to see who I can crush(a passion that I’ve possessed for decades).When we were growing up we used to call it playing the dozens. I guess growing up impoverished makes us compete against each other for who’s the freshest and the least destitute.
Back when we started out, we would record over cassettes and perform what’s called a one take. We’d walk the half mile to school and battle each other on the way.
Not because we wanted to keep up with the Jones’, or a social trend. We were just doing it because it was who we were.
Today two of my friends own two of the biggest studios in our hometown.
In the old days you had to have what we called BARS.
This meant free-styling a verse that was not only rhythmic but also witty. Each verse had to contain the literary conventions: metaphors, similes, entendre, and many others. Ultimately, rap battles are similar to business — always come prepared, even when your tools aren’t the best.
Quick question: Why is it that those closest to us despise following dreams or growing? You tell your friends that you’re working at a job. They tell you awesome! You tell your friends that you’re going to open a business and they tell you all of the reasons that it will go wrong. Is it the self defeat that we’re so used to which makes us put down others?
They say God adds or takes certain people from your life because they can’t go where you’re going.
Another saying we’re taught is: each person is in your life for a reason or a season and it’s ultimately up to you to decide which part they play.
Anyway, let’s get back to the story.
So to compartmentalize, I got the call concerning protecting a young woman working the blade.
Considering my business partner and I were in between expenditures, and needed a boost in our income, I accepted this job. Expenses are always above your head in business. So, staying afloat is a necessity. You should prepare for the time when you’re in between projects by stacking your bread (money). Be the ant who prepares for the winter, not the grasshopper that plays all season long and then has to suffer through the cold temperatures. In business disasters will happen. One motto of a friend of mine is: anything that can happen usually will happen and most likely at the wrong time. So just be prepared for it.
It just so happened that this particular opportunity landed in my lap at a time when we really needed it. With this being said I never ended up having to go protect this young lady and the guy kept his word! He ended up sending me money anyways despite my uncertainty about the situation. I applied for this useful app called cash.me and he sent me a big faced Grant($50 if you weren’t sure) just for being on-call.
Just goes to show that depending on how you carry yourself in this world we call Business all types of opportunities can present themselves and your attitude and swift reaction can determine your success or failure in such scenarios.
Always be prepared for any scenario.
Can’t wait to talk to y’all next week and stay tuned for Chapter 2.