Running a Leadership based brand is really hard, really running any kind of business PERIOD! I’ve had to do a lot of self searching to figure out why I run into the walls I run into. It’s mainly because I spent years running from my destiny of who I was made to be. Even though that’s a life long process, it began at the end of 2014 where everything started to change.
Everything looked promising I dropped out of college to pursue my “Westside Dreams” (listening to too much Kanye West College Dropout Stories.) I was on my way to having a promotion into my own store, but for some reason I could see myself managing my own FootLocker I would finally be able to put more money into the brand, but deep down inside I couldn’t really see myself managing a Foot Locker for the rest of my life. (Power Of Your Thoughts.)
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GET FIRED THOUGH. After being loyal to the company for 5+ years I was fired for one mistake that, I owned up to and told the truth. I was in shock, I thought that if I left it would be on my own merit. God had different plans. At this time I’m job-less, I’ve dropped out of school, and I had to find a way to survive.
Previously in my life I had messed up my G.P.A. In college not being serious and not understanding why I couldn’t focus in school, Lost all my financial aid. Then I heard a speech about “Generational Losing”. How things go through your family and they are always ran from and you end up in a generational rut. My Father didn’t graduate High School on time because in part he did see his Father graduate high, my dad ended up graduating late. Neither of them finished college, my dad started for a semester and quit.
I found myself at a stage in life with a 1.9 Cumulative G.P.A. No finances to fund my school, and a weight of my future children sitting on my shoulders because I was scared to go through school because I’ve seen two self made business men who didn’t go to college, but never realizing how long it took them because of not attending school.
I STARTED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF I DON’T GET MY ACT TOGETHER AND BREAK THIS BARRIER OF COLLEGE DEGREES I’M SETTING UP MY SON TO LOOK AT ME AND SAY “WHY SHOULD I DO THIS? YOU DIDN’T!” (In my hyped up motivation speaker voice).
I had to take my life to the next level. To get off the ground and push myself forward, but with out the funds to do so because of my stupid past actions I had expended my Financial Aid to pay for my school.
I had two choices to make, I could accept my fate and keep running from my problems, or just hope something fell out of the sky, or I could get out and grind to break through this wall in my way.
I decided to break through (duh, gotta be Leaders) and Sacrifice whatever was necessary to get back into school and pay for my education. That sacrifice came at the expense of Westside Society. I had the full winter line already purchased and ready to go. Stephon, Lavantae, and I traveled to CMU Fashion shows, any events we could to sell these shirts to create enough money for me to go to school
During the semester I stitched over 125+ Hats and I took shirts to campus and sold them to students and went directly to the cashiers office, it was that serious.
The lost of infinite losing for my family motivated me to want more. My first Semester back in school January 2014 i received Straight A’s on 11 credits, my G.P.A. to a 2.3 and still grinding. Due to my sacrifice I wasn’t able to create a Spring or Summer Line.
I want to thank everyone who purchased a shirt. You helped me start the process of breaking chains in my life. My challenge spread over to you now.
What Generational Chains Will You Break?