“Are you really ready to be an entrepreneur? Or do you just need more autonomy in your daily work at your current job? Think about that for a minute…” – Sheldon Barrocks, Facebook Status, 2017 ©
Growing up I had the opportunity to watch an entrepreneur in action.
Seeing my dad daily build his photography business, and then eventually helping at jobs throughout my time as a teenager and young adult was an awarding experience.
When I was in high school, my English teacher gave out an assignment to perform a speech in front of the entire class. We were given the freedom to talk about anything we wanted to, as long as we kept everyone awake during the presentation. As a grade 10 student in the 90’s, there wasn’t much more to think about other than music, girls, sports and clothes.
Loud. Obnoxious. Overbearing. Idiot. In the process of describing LaVar Ball to your friend that has been living under a rock for the last six months, there’s no shortage of words that come to mind. Ball has easily become a polarizing figure in the sports world and the hype train surrounding him and his born and bred basketball star sons doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
I’m at work, it’s March Break and the kids are home for a week. I get a call from my wife who runs and operates her own business sometimes from home. “Your son wants to go dumpster diving.”
“You heard me,” she continued. “Dumpster diving.”
“He says it could make him money. He can do it as a business.”
Posse. A word not used heavily since the late 90’s. Outside the of the Black community, some might say it has a negative connotation. Though it’s used loosely to describe people who would be considered your inner circle, don’t try to convince three-time NBA champion, Lebron James, that was the intent of legendary coach, Phil Jackson, last November.