You are a successful entrepreneur living the American dream. What words of advice do you have for our readers who are wanting to do the same?
And what are some of the greatest hurdles and obstacles you have had to overcome in starting your business?
I think the best advice I can give someone is to surround themselves with successful people. Over-achievers know other over-achievers. When you know one successful person, you gain their contacts. Having help is vital to having a successful business. I wish I had hired employees early on. I made the mistake of taking on all the work myself. You can offer so much more to your business if you have someone helping you.
The greatest obstacles are the sacrifices that you have to make. I spent many nice days inside working while everyone else was outside having a good time on the weekend. I stopped working full-time to work only on the weekends. I learned how to survive on two days of work. That money had to pay for my cost of living and putting money back into the business. So, having good friends that understand what you are doing and are willing to offer you dinner from time to time is helpful.
The good side about making these sacrifices is that having a business attracts you to successful people. I have met and befriended many people that have sold companies and do not have to work any longer. People do not look at what you don’t have. But, what are you doing with you time.
Who has been the greatest influence on your life and why?
I would have to say my grandmother. She taught me at an early age to be a hard worker. She was a schoolteacher who saved what money she could to invest into real estate. She was pretty cheap, sometimes a bit too cheap. She had a very modest Toyota Corolla and several houses. This taught me to take the money that I earned from my job and reinvest it into buying sewing machinery. I learned from her that you will gain more profit if your intentions are not selfish. She invested in order to ensure that her children would be secure when she passed away. I have seen many people invest for the sake of having more and ended up with less than what they started out with.
Can you name some of the celebrity clientele who have enjoyed your jeans?
And do you have any fun stories to share?
Two celebrity clients that I have made jeans for are Shaquille O’Neal and Mayor Garcetti of Los Angeles. Both are a pleasure to be around. The Mayor is one of the most welcoming people you could ever want to meet. With all the great accomplishments Shaquille O’Neal has made in his life, he is very down to earth. To be honest with you, he is the easiest custom client that I have. He is a very easygoing guy.
If our readers would like to know more about Red Cotton Denim and how to purchase a pair of one-of-a-kind denim jeans from you how would they do this?
All jeans can be purchased online from my website at www.redcottondenim.com