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Friday Food 4 Thought: Just Listen

“You’d be surprised about listening. Listening doesn’t cost anything. Listening is free.”  (Richard Branson – founder, Virgin Group)

(Writer’s Note: A very happy birthday to my former intern, Brian Pollard. You may have gotten a first hand experience in new product development and marketing, but you really taught me a lot as a business founder/owner.)

Our former intern, Brian, sporting one of our threads in Rio, Brazil.

I’m going to be honest, here. One of the hardest things is to get older people to listen to you, or take you seriously, especially if you’re a lot younger. I’ve gotten to expect that a lot within the past few years. But in 2013, when my first batch of interns came, I promised to listen to them, as being a lot OLDER, I knew that I lacked (and still do) a lot of NEW things.

Brian stood out. He under promised and over delivered. He rarely asked for guidance and was always on time with weekly reports and goals. I knew this was not a typical 19, 20 year old. One Friday night, he asked for a phone meeting as he read a list of suggestions, not only for his role, but for my business in a current and modern-day capacity. I listened and kept on listening. I was surprised because it was 9pm and he really should’ve been out with his friends doing what a 19 year-old should do on a Friday night. Our brainstorming sessions became a regular thing and he helped get our Instagram account up and getting the awareness out to a younger audience.

A year later, his decision to transfer colleges lead to a phone call from the Admissions Office of his first choice school. The person on the phone asked me “how highly do you recommend this person… ?” My response:

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“All due respect, you’d be stupid not to get him.”

Congrats, and keep it up, Brian! You’re going to go far in life.

Happy Friday!


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