Brady Riesgraf, a close friend of Bobby’s since high school, joins the show. Brady, currently a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, started a landscaping business with Bobby at the age of fifteen. Listen in as Brady and Bobby talk lessons learned from growing the business as fledgling entrepreneurs.
[Plenty of talk about lessons learned from starting a business together when they were just 15.]
Bobby: What skills does a young professional need to have out of college?
Brady Riesgraf: I think that you need to ask for opportunities. If you want to be promoted, take on a new job or project, you have to ask for it. People are always so scared to ask for things. If you’re putting in the hours and doing the work that is consistent with what you want, you have to ask for what you want and not be so scared of hearing no. People miss so many opportunities by not asking for them.
Bobby: My answer to this question has a lot to do with that. This goes along with not being afraid of being turned away. You have to look for learning opportunities. Force yourself to be uncomfortable.
Second question: What do you have to give up for success?
Brady Riesgraf: You need to get rid of all the sexy stuff. You don’t need a $100 dinner or $200 shirt right now if you’re young and trying to make it. I think you shouldn’t get distracted by these superficial things. And it’s not just about the money. It’s about focusing on what will make you successful, not on how some superficial idea of success makes you look.
Bobby: I couldn’t agree with that more. Really, what it comes down to is really wanting it. I think that if you want it bad enough, you will sacrifice spending time watching TV, going out every night with friends. You need to put in the time and reject some of these other things in the world.
Last question: What is one life hack that listeners can do this week to become successful?
Brady Riesgraf: I am sick of people always saying they want to pick up a new hobby, passion project, learn something new. And then they say, “Well, I will do that this summer or over Christmas break.” GO DO IT. Tomorrow will never come. When you say tomorrow, you lose a day of doing whatever you want to do. You need go do this thing right now and just try. Set aside 10 hours a week. Tomorrow cannot be the day for everything.
Bobby: Yes, I completely agree. I think that you need to start the process now. If you want to get into real estate, pick up a book right now on real estate and finish it. Go figure out this week how you can get your feet wet in real estate. This moment, write down that one thing you keep on saying you wish you could work on and set aside at least one hour each day this week to work on it. Time block and don’t let anything get in the way.
Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for joining us today Brady. We’ll do this again soon… hopefully!
Some reminders from this podcast:
1. The "power of no” is often over emphasized. However, early on in your career, “yes” can be an even more powerful answer. Accept challenges and make yourself uncomfortable.
2. THIS WEEK: Find that one passion project or skill you’ve always wanted to develop and take action. Tomorrow never comes. Set aside 1 hour per day this week to focus on whatever that project or task may be.