Many empty tissue boxes, beaten up pillows, and exhausting days later, I went up to my room, swiveled around in my room desk chair, and made a decision: The team’s decision about my abilities would never define my self-worth OR identity.
I kept going, gave it another shot to make the JV team and Fast Forward 365 days later: I was the only person who made JV who hadn’t make the freshman team.
As I compare this journey to the trajectory of my professional life, I see clear parallels running side by side. Learning how to persevere when the unknown lays ahead has kept me going in critical times of my life:
In this overview, I’ve broken down all the in’s and outs of my organizational systems from both a personal and professional standpoint. I hope having this document to add to your toolkit will help expedite the process if you decide to do the same for yourself.
I decided to conduct an autopsy of Wish Dish to salvage the best assets and learn from areas that didn’t pan as anticipated. My short-lived startup experience might look like a failure to some, but after some deeper reflection, I saw past the mistakes. I realized you can’t build a sustainable company on the basis of brand that isn’t sturdy and logical.
Have you ever tried to figure out your entire life within a one-hour period? A few years ago, that was me.
Sitting in the room with behavioral psychologist, Dr. Neal Bowes, who specializes in human performance, my mind was racing - I had no process or structure to put together my personal or professional life around the goals I had for myself.
Sound familiar? Or does the thought of trying to plan that sound intimidating?
It feels like years ago at this point, but I just met Lawline CEO David Schnurman last November. I was interviewing him at his NYC Headquarters when he paused to ask me this probing question that really made me think:
“Bryan, are you trying to run a one-man consulting shop or build a real business?”
On paper, the highlight reel feels fantastic. I have so many things that I’m proud of, but what I really want to share comes down to the factors that equipped us to build a better business that yields consistent results.
I constantly ask myself this question: “How do I turn my skill sets into a scalable business to transcend my own impact to other meaningful missions?”
Below, I’m going to share everything I have learned to help you - the entrepreneur - and share the vulnerable road I’ve been traveling.
I’ve always received satisfaction out of getting a job done - and done well. I’ve learned how to use my tendency towards tunnel vision as a strength by putting it in conjunction with a well-honed worth ethic, penchant for talent development, and rapid speed at high rates of productivity.
Over the past six years, I’ve pushed myself into growth environments both personally and professionally. When I brainstormed ways to make an impact early on in my career, I realized I could carve out my own niche by using other brands as platforms.
You know those moments when you look at pictures from a previous life chapter and can’t even remember the most basic details about what you did that day… but the emotional state you were in comes flooding back to you instantly?
Today, the best compliment I love receiving today is, “Wow, you’re so efficient!” Adding this skill to my roster has demanded a full 180-degree turnaround from where I was a year ago - however, to be clear I am still not perfect today.
Medication can be a great tool, but it isn’t the full answer. Without behavioral therapy, it often just serves as a band-aid. As a society, we need to find solutions that give us answers and opportunities to work through our problems instead of perpetuating them so they constantly need to be treated. Real progress requires action and change, on both a personal and social level.
In the spring semester of my sophomore year of college, I was selected to intern with the Atlanta Hawks in their Sports Programs department. I was informed the Hawks never offered a sophomore an internship and had a requirement I had to receive school credit from the business school.
The one problem? I wasn’t in the business school yet.
I created this resource because I want to help can become the best version of yourself in the real world. Before I started Wish Dish, I was piling as many things as I could to my resume, just for the sake of it. This was my way of proving that I was good enough to the world — and to myself.
I learned a critical lesson early in life: Your job doesn’t define you. What you do is just a small piece of who you are.
A critical lesson I learned at Kairos was the importance of a strong brand. Before launching our website, I invested a lot of time and money in laying a solid foundation that would establish my credibility and ensure I was equipped to execute.
At a work lunch during my junior year of college, I’ll never forget a response from my then-manager to one of my pitches. Instead of unpacking my idea and offering the personal insight I’d hoped for, this person told me I’d need approval from someone “two direct reports above.”
“What can one story do for one person? If we take the formula to impact one person, and scale it to hundreds of millions of people over and over again, then we will create societal and cultural change.”
I came to a hard realization in the fall of 2016: I had no idea how to build a successful startup. After 2.5 years of pouring myself into a dream to give people a voice and build an authentic community, I found myself cash-deprived and sharing an apartment unit in my friend’s room.
Building a community is fundamentally a give and take dynamic — on any platform. Just like in-person relationships, extend an offer before making an ask to make the best first impression when you connect online.
The following is my vivid vision for December 3, 2021. It is a detailed overview of what BW Missions will look like, feel like, and act three years out. We are building a media brand working with premier clients providing end to end marketing solutions.
Two content entrepreneurs who haven’t abandoned the reliable email model are Case Kenny, Founder of PRSUIT, and Alex Lieberman, Founder of Morning Brew. By utilizing email to build their platforms, they made sure that staying financially afloat isn’t governed by preference-based clicks or algorithms
Have you ever run across a person who seems to be on a “gerbil wheel?” One who always is in a never seems to be enjoying and has a thousand and one goals, all of which clutter the meaning of living in the present.