The Middle: A Tire, A Drunk Dude, a For RENT Sign, & A DECISION
I was down and out… honestly. I had a major life change that left my income cut by 80%. Can you imagine not knowing where next month’s rent was coming from? Maybe. But I had to make some changes and QUICK!
Maybe you are in a better situation than I was…
At the time, my fiance and I were looking for business opportunities. Everywhere I turned, there were dead ends and walls.
Then, between her cousin telling us about smoke shops doing well in Philadelphia and me remembering online research I did for electronic cigarettes years ago, but little did I know we would be on the way to starting our own until I met helped a guy on the side of the road with a flat tire.
A Drunk and Sleepy Dude With A Flat Tire Changed My Life…
I was on the way home early one early fall Saturday morning. I had just gone to the grocery store for some breakfast groceries. On the way to the store, I had noticed this car on taking up a lane on a backroad … the street was only two lanes in the first place. Just as most leery people do these days, I passed the car. But an hour later as I was coming back home, I slowly drove by the car to see a person slumped over on the wheel.
This was weird.
But something told me to stop. I slowly approached the car and tapped on the window. The groggy guy, in his late 30s, slowly rolled down the window. He was wrapped in a blanket and looked like he was freezing his ass off. He said that he had come from a club not about 10 minutes away, but had a flat tire. His phone had died and he had no spare. He was still drunk, but told me what a great time he had.
This club was called “Burn Lounge”.
I let him borrow my phone. After getting cursed out by his girlfriend, he asked me for a ride home. As he jumped out of his car, he thanked me and said that he would have a tow truck go and get his car.
I had to go to Burn Lounge…
One day, when my fiance was traveling with her job, I slipped by the Burn Lounge. It was mid-week and pretty slow. But the vibe was great. A few weeks later, I’d return to a better crowd. This night, as I left, I met the rapper Rich Homie Quan. Great kid by the way.
Life brought me to this plaza… where I went into a club… and went again… and a few more times.
And then it all came together. I started buying groceries in the grocery store a few spots down from the Burn Lounge in that plaza. I mailed a few bills from the Post Office in that plaza.
And then I saw the FOR RENT sign.
For Rent + Smoke Shop Idea
I still needed a hustle. Some type of great seredipity led me to that plaza. One day, I DECIDED to just go for it.
My wife and I signed a lease… and hired a smoke shop consultant.
Now we own 4 smoke shops.
Take the opportunity and DECIDE to chase your desire and DO IT.
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ELSE… DECIDE to chase your dream. If I can do, you can do it better.