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That Moment When You NEED To Start Your Own Business

| August 9, 2013 | 27 Comments


“Dude, the margarita mix is only half full!”


“You didn’t fill the margarita mix!  What the hell have you been doing all day??”

These wonderful words were provided to me from a young punk who clearly didn’t read Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.  This illuminating conversation was at the end of a long shift when I was working as a barback at a bar/restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

You see, I thought this job was going to be great.  Right on the Fort Lauderdale beach, I heard stories of barbacks making over $50 per hour in season, sometimes almost a thousand dollars in one day.  What I came to realize is that reality doesn’t always equal expectations.

After this brief conversation occurred, Basketball Training Club was on my mind almost 24/7.

I had an idea for what I wanted to do, but, at the time, I was still in the mentality of “getting a job and working your way up”, which, in today’s world, is extremely flawed.  I searched for good opportunities wherever I could, but they were few and far between.

So what did I do?  I did whatever any visionary entrepreneur would do; I started by own business.

I started to put hours and hours of my free time into creating Basketball Training Club.  I made a vow that I would never have to get a crap job like a barback again, doing things like mopping up vomit, cleaning toilets, and doing trash duty, all while being treated like another worthless employee.  Anybody could do that, and I wondered how I was going to separate myself.

For a lot of people, they get sucked into the older generation’s mentality of life: go to school, get a job, work hard, and retire.  That mentality worked 20 years ago, even 10 years ago.  But lots of people are still stuck in the mindset of working for someone else, since that is what they have been conditioned from birth to do.  In school, you’re supposed to follow all the rules, and get the right answers so the teacher can give you a good grade.  At a job, you’re supposed to be a good employee, do your job, and not cause problems.

But now, people are being fired by the thousands without even a thank you.  I worked at a bar for 8 months, putting in thousands of hours.  I was fired by a text saying, “You’re not on the schedule anymore.” My friend worked at a restaurant for about 2 years, and was one of the hardest workers I’ve seen.  That restaurant fired him for one little mistake.  In my mind, starting a business is one of the most rational things you can do for yourself these days.  Great employees are being let go all the time, and the job stability of the past has vanished.

This will encourage more people to create their own businesses, and monetize what they know.  However, where are the schools on entrepreneurship? Where is the information to help people be an expert at what they know?

From the beginning of time, entrepreneurs were the lifeblood of society, with Thomas Jefferson wanting to create a new America, to John Hancock signing the Declaration of Independence.  No boss would have told them, “Oh yea, John, next week we’re going to create a new country independent from the British.  We’ll need you to work overtime.”

America came from the ideals and passion of the entrepreneurs who realized that being ruled and having a boss was not working.  They realized that if they didn’t create a new nation to make life better for themselves, nobody would.  Most importantly, they knew they could do it, and would strive their hardest to make their vision a reality.

Now, I’m encouraging you to realize that you have the skills to succeed.  You have the knowledge and you have the passion, yet only you know what that is.  A question for you to ask yourself is, “What can I do better than anybody else?”  And how can you help people, and make the world a better place, with your knowledge and skills?

We are living in an age where there is almost unlimited opportunity, if you know where to look.  Figure out what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, and how you can make money doing it.  The rest will fall in line.

So now, what are you going to do?

Tyson Hartnett has played professional basketball in Sweden, Argentina, and Chile, and has recently started his first business,  He created Basketball Training Club to try to help players from all over the world not only better their basketball games, but to try to help better their lives as well. 

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  • Andrea Francis

    I like your description of how the USA was founded on entrepreneurial virtues which is absolutely true. Europe is so used to old institutions that entrepreneurship has only started to happen on a noticeable scale in the last 20 years. USA has had universities working with business and teaching entrepreneurship since the ’40s, and only in the last TEN years over here! Crazy! You guys certainly have the lead on the mentality :) but I will say this for crappy jobs – they teach you how to appreciate a good one and to not be put off by tough roadblocks on the way to getting your slice of the pie.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Thanks Andrea! I haven’t spent much time in Europe but I can see what you’re saying. I think America is like this because it’s such a capitalist society, that it forces people to think outside the box, and do their own thing. Plus that fact that money is seen as the most valuable commodity here. In other countries in europe and south america, money is seen as a backdrop, with family, friends and relationships being the main importance in life.
    And yes, crappy jobs will definitely help you appreciate the good ones for sure. :)

  • MattWilsontv

    Tyson, awesome to hear you hustled to start your own business while you were working in the bar. I’m always a fan of any article that uses examples of our founding fathers. Glad to hear you are doing something you love now.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Thanks a lot Matt. Just launched the website about 2 weeks ago, so I have a looonngggg way to go. But it’s only the beginning

  • Wisdom Kels

    rely do get what you said in your article, really love this piece is a great deal, entrepreneurship rules the world economy and improve it, but one need to get a base start up capital first, like here in Nigeria, its a bit different and all just want a Government Job, and it takes knowing someone in position at the top, here even if you are a first class, second class you struggle, but having a capital base its essential you venture into the entrepreneurial World

  • cesar romero

    @tysonhartnett:disqus really love your article especially because you use a personal example that a lot of people can relate to about not feeling appreciated and fulfilled in a dead-end job and eventually realize that you have to choose yourself and go after what you are passionate about. We are all entrepreneurs because encoded in human DNA is the will to create, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship, but unfortunately, not everybody embraces this and they die with the music still inside of them. Thanks for this inspirational article and keep working hard my man!!!!

  • mgeraudm

    Most people hate their jobs for one reason or another. Most people have romantic dreams of owning our own business. Most people do not have the skills or cojones or whatever to really do it. I know a couple of really smart guys, I mean neuron overdosed, but for some or other reason they haven’t been able to keep a single venture afloat.
    A job, unstable as it may be, really provides us with a sense of security, stability. We depend on others to take direction, as much as we may hate it, we’ve chosen that path mostly because of that single reason: Fear.

    Overflow of jobseekers create an arrogant applicant selector/keeper pool, and most do create hostile work environments, until and just if the tide turns, which looks unlikely within this century.

    So, what to choose? I’ve chosen, albeit the help of fate, to be a solopreneur, freelancer. I do not want, albeit fate, to have any more employees in the near future as I had 240 at some point, or a boss. I love what I’m doing now and what I am getting done, through hardships, pain, even famish (between jobs) at some point. Those are the risks.

    So I say: “What is your choice?”

    Thanks Tyson! lovely piece, you helped me ground a thought or two.

  • Michael Amushelelo

    No doubt a great piece. I enjoyed it. I always say the fear of failure is what stops us from reaching the success that we really want. You can follow the link to my page and you might just learn a think or two.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Wisdom, I completely agree. You definitely need a solid cash flow to start a business. If you don’t have one, I suggest you plan, plan, plan, and save up until you can finally make the leap. Even in Nigeria…

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Cesar! Muchas gracias hombre! I think you’re right, that humans are here to create. It really goes back until the Industrial Revolution, where we have been conditioned to just get a job and work, work, work. In other times in history, art and starting business was one of the most valued traits. And I think we are on the lip of a new wave of economy where entrepreneurship is really starting to boom. Personal branding is huge now, and especially with the power of youtube and social media.
    And I definitely agree it is sad when people die with the music inside of their heads. But the beautiful things is that as long as we are alive, we still have an opportunity to change that. Look at Susan Boyle… :)

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Mgeraudm, Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.
    It really takes a different kind of person to start their own business, and live or die with it. Job stability is important, but we are in a new era where job stability is vanishing. Social security, the thing keeping millions of people afloat, will be bankrupt in 15 years. Pensions are drying up. What worked 50 years ago does not work now. And we, as humans, must adapt.
    But maybe this is a good thing. I think a lot of people got comfortable with their jobs and careers, and knowing they will never be fired. They stopped learning, striving, and growing. Maybe the lack of job stability, pensions, and social security will force them to think outside the box, create some new neurons, and expand their horizons to places they never thought of. And realize that they have knowledge inside of them which is valuable, and people will pay for.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Michael, thanks a lot. Fear is definitely a powerful motivator. It freezes us, like a deer in headlights, confused and bewildered, wondering if we should run or stand there. But if we can learn to control fear, and use it to our advantage…Well, that’s when we become a whole new breed of deer.
    Also, I love your page.

  • mgeraudm

    That{s what I mean by, “uncertain as it may be”, because absolute job security is long gone, most likely never to return. The sense of stability I mean is rather shallow and mostly false.
    I do not know if every person is capable of thinking outside the box, and capable of entrepreneuring. I do know a few who are not, and will likely fail if a complete push out comes into their lives. Not because of lack of knowledge, skills or intelligence. It is rather a sense of self.
    I have considered myself as kind of adventurous, took me a while to get used to the idea of going solo. Still From time to time I question myself, but more and more I am sure of the path I’ve chosen, despite my wifes objections.

  • Michael Amushelelo

    Tyson, thanks for viewing it. I strongly believe that any one who is inspired to be great has the power to become great, so let us all share our experiences that we have to inspire others to greatness.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Completely agree. We just have to find out what we will be great in, and sometimes, that is the hard part..

  • Tyson Hartnett

    MG, that’s really cool. I’m sure you know the book, but “Who moved my cheese?” is one of the most powerful stories I’ve read. I will take that lesson until the day I die. One mouse would rather stay where they are, and probably die, while the other mouse searched for a new place to live and create something new for themself.
    I truly believe that entreprenurship is not for everybody. I know lots of people who have solid, salary jobs, and they are happy. That’s fine, and I hope them all the best. But the who actually risk their money, their relationships (like your wife’s objections), and their time doing something they really believe in, is something no text book can teach you. It gets to the core of us, and really excels us.
    Sometimes, I doubt myself as well. I think “what the hell am i doing”, or, “why don’t I just follow the crowd”. That’s normal. View the thoughts, then move on. It is nature for us to view the worst, but we must continue regardless.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    *But the people who actually risk their money

  • mgeraudm

    Totally agree, I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and both have pros and cons. It is ultimately up to each personal facts, calls and circumstance. I, as many here have chosen our own path. Tyson, I really appreciate your kind replies.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    No problem, I love when people comment on an article I put time into :)

  • mgeraudm

    Yup, me too. Cheers, it’s been lovely.

  • Tyson Hartnett

    More articles coming soon. Keep a lookout…

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Also, give me your email. I’ll send you when I have more material coming out. I also have my own blog, if you’re interested:

  • mgeraudm

    Of course I’m interested!
    mine is

  • Jess Holmes

    I’m so happy that I came across this post today. I am in the process of reevaluating my future and deciding whether or not to open up my own store. Like you, I’ve accepted lots of jobs that had no stability and just would never allow me to live up to my potential. I’ve been spending all my free time reading pieces like these from entrepreneurs, like Yoel Wazana, who have turned failure into success and strive to change their place in the world. Thanks for sharing this with your readers- I’m feeling very inspired!

  • Tyson Hartnett

    Thanks a lot Jess!! That’s my goal, to inform and inspire. Information without inspiration is boring, and inspriation without a solid backing means nothing. Any specific things you can take from this that you will use?

  • Keymike

    If I would have missed this post I would have never known what it feels like, to just think to start your own business , thank you so much for sharing !