Keys to Manhood 2018 Keynote
Articles,  Blog

Keys to Manhood 2018 Keynote


Thank you for coming. Thank you for having me here today – Mr. Reed, Dr. Gordon. I’m going to walk around a little bit. I hate standing in one place. So I want you guys to answer a question in your mind. Or you can even answer the question if you’d like. I want to make this as interactive as possible. Why are you here today? Anyone like to share why they’re here today? Young man in the blue shirt. To gain more knowledge. Who else? To learn how to be an entrepreneur. To be an entrepreneur. To gain more ability to learn. To get more ability to learn. I always say this: I will never show up anywhere I’m attending unless I know why I’m going there. Make that a part of what you do on a daily basis. If you don’t know what you’re gonna learn, or why you’re gonna learn it, how you’re gonna use it… Have a game plan. We’re here today to talk about manhood. Which is a part of every individual down the road. What is it like to become a man? To be a man? To act like a man? Talk like a man? So, I know […?] I tried a lot of different things in my life. A lot of things. And, I did not see everything I know. Most people look at me today and imagine a man that was rich, or that I must have had a leg up on somebody. You know… Something good happened to me and that’s how I got to where I am. And my story is contrary. I grew up in Tampa, Florida in a little community home fishing bowl. And all the streets in the fishbowl were named after fish, so that’s why we called it a fishbowl. And it was not a very good neighborhood. It wasn’t bad, I guess, it grew on us which probably wasn’t good. My father had a landscape and lawnservice irrigation company. So everyday I was on a truck, cutting grass, trimming trees and doing general labor, and the reason I want to share this part with you is because it doesn’t matter where you came from, it’s where you’re going, and what you do with what you learn along the way. So, one of the things I learned while I was working outside in that hot weather, in ten hundred degrees and working on […] was that it’s not what I wanna do my whole life. That’s what I did learn. I learned that I want to drive a nice car. Preferably a Lamborghini. I want to have a nice mansion or house somewhere. I wanted to pay somebody to do what I was doing, because I didn’t like it very much. But just because I didn’t love it in that moment, I learned to love it because it taught me a lot of different things. One of the things I learned about making money is this: You gotta have courage to make money. Why do you need courage to make money? Because the things that you wanna do, people are gonna say aren’t cool, you’re a nerd, you’re a geek everything else they can think of. But what I learned about life is this. Ever heard of Milan? What he’d do? Tested motors. How about Zuckerberg? Zuck? Anybody know who Mark Zuckerberg is? Inventor of Facebook. Peter Thiel, anybody know who he is? Invented paypal. If you go by at any time, and google a picture of Peter, or Zuckerberg, or any of these guys who have been in all of these big, huge bonafide, billion dollar companies. They got thick glasses, and they look like nerds. But if you look at them today, fast forward, they’ve got personal trainers, are jacked up like Vin Deisel, they wear custom suits, they live in mansions, fund private gyms, and you would not recognize them compared to what they looked like 20 years ago. Money changes how you look. Money changes how you eat. Money changes how you drive. Money changes everything. So for all those people who probably picked on them, laughed at them, questioned what they were doing at the time either probably work for them, wanna work for them, …and probably feel not as smart as they thought they did back then. So you gotta have the courage to protect what’s important to you. And if you have a vision, that’s what’s important to you. So today, remember that word, courage. Because you will have to protect yourself, your future, and your investment down the road. When I told people that I was going to drive a Lamborghini, and at the time, I was driving a 1974 Monte Carlo, It wasn’t a nice one! It didn’t have [?] on it, it was just an old Monte Carlo, everybody laughed. Fast foward today. When I go to an event tomorrow, and I see those same people, they say I knew you were gonna get that Lamborghini one day! No, you didn’t, you’re lying. You didn’t think I was gonna have a Lamborghini today. So you’re gonna have to take some time to believe in yourself. Has anybody in this room ever felt like they don’t fit in somewhere? If you do, raise your hand. You feel like you’re out there, by yourself, trying to make something happen, and nobody understands you. You can’t get the support you want. You’re trying to convince people of your dreams and your passions… No, you gotta understand, that’s what I’m trying to do, I’m trying to build a studio! I’m trying to become an athlete! I’m trying to build up confidence. I wanna raise an [?] And everyone’s like,”Naw, man.” I had to learn to have the courage to get past that. because there are going to be plenty of people around you that aren’t trying to discourage you, but their vision is not as powerful as yours. Their dream… is not as powerful as your dream. It’s just not. And there’s no way you’ll get someone to feel the same passion for what you believe in… as you do. You just can’t. If I’m gonna do a movie for my company, Digital [?] and Productions, we’re gonna make a movie. And I got this great movie idea! I’m like, okay, I’m gonna pitch you on this movie, tell me what you think. There’s this man. He was in military. He gets out of the military, he has a tough life, he comes back to Tampa, and he meets another guy from an [?], they both rid motorcycles together, they both work out at the gym together. Next thing you know, they create this motorcycle club. Next thing you know, they’ve got the military and the government, they’re helping people. There’s an underground network of all the stuff going on. “I don’t really like that.” I got one of two options: I can either kill it, and bring it back to them to see if they like it… or I can start moving forward and start developing the idea. That’s it. I can either say, “this person is getting forty on every movie made in the world and I’m gonna trust their opinion,” Or I can say that I’m going to take a chance and start developing this and see what happens. Now, I gotta put together my production tape, and maybe shoot a pilot or a trailer or a teaser. They may not like motorcycles. I just picked something that somebody knew nothing about what I was trying to do. So, courage. Some of [?]… …is trust in yourself. Self is one of the toughest people on the planet to trust. We can get us a job, and we can trust that job, we can trust that name, we can trust that process. We can trust everything outside of ourselves. You’ve got to learn to invest in, and trust, yourself. If you don’t invest in yourself and trust in yourself, why would someone else make an investment in you?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *