Sidebar. I got a very interesting call from an old friend this week that had Side Hustle written all over it. This piece is going to be more of a reflection, so don’t plan on learning anything.
The friend who called, I met in college, and we ended up as roommates for a year or so and also played music together, which is a spiritual pursuit neither of us has ever let go. I myself co-founded a jam band called Fat Apple in 1997 and we toured the country for a few years trying to be rock stars (I applied to law school once I ran out of money). My friend had been an All-American wrestler who was – and still is – full of energy and charisma that I’d like to harness for myself. He is the type of person who elevates everyone around him.
We hadn’t spoken in years when he called. The last time I saw him was when we both coincidentally had jury duty in Baltimore when I was in law school. Interestingly, he was already a lawyer when we met, but decided pretty early on in his career that the practice of law wasn’t exactly his calling.
My friend is now married to a singer and helping her son, a young man with great promise as professional tennis player, work toward his goals. He is no doubt a great mentor for this young man, and one of the things we talked about is the current draught the United States has been experiencing in men’s tennis since the days of Connors, McEnroe, Sampras and the gang. The closest thing we’ve had in recent years is Andy Roddick. Enough said.
In case you haven’t gathered, I am a musician and a tennis enthusiast who just happens to be a lawyer. That’s why the conversation I had on Wednesday was so interesting.
My friend is trying to build a team to help his young tennis star reach his goals and manage his wife’s singing career. I was truly moved that he thought to reach out to me. He is a lawyer himself, but I think he recognizes that sports and entertainment are areas where intellectual property – an area that is not his specialty – is extremely important. What I really like about what he wants to do is that he is not looking for people with reputations. He is looking for people to be on his team who he trusts to value relationships and have those relationships be drivers for success.
Why am I rambling on about all of this? I think it’s because many of us have a Side Hustle brewing inside but are perhaps afraid to take the risks necessary to realize it. But if you make your Side Hustle relationship-driven and recruit people into your journey who value personal relationships and understand how central they are to any successful venture, I think you can surprise yourself.
Thank you for reading. I promise something much less interesting next week!
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