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Connie, Nashville, Starbucks discussed on Up Or Out with Connie

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Afternoon. Starbucks pick me up so good. You got it. So let's start out with the secret sauce. You talk about grit. I mean, if you're in business, if you're an entrepreneur, you better have grit or else, you know, everything else. Really doesn't matter. What it said grit the anticipated each ordination, how do you how do you make it happen Mississippi eighteen years old? You know, we'll we'll go back. I'll give you a little backstory just for content. I was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. My dad was an amazing, man. He's deceased now. We lost him in two thousand six but he taught me a lot about how to work hard. How to be a man of character? How to be a man of integrity? And he said, you gotta work hard. And so I was raised in a very poor family. My dad probably never made over fifteen thousand dollars a year in his life. We raised in a six hundred square foot house that he gave sixty five hundred dollars for. And so I know all about. Being poor. I know what that's like any gave and instilled in me that determination that perseveres that grit to succeed in life in business and started out at a pretty early age working. I was about thirteen years old when I started working for a local pawn shop here in Nashville a lot of people don't even know what shot was to be honest with you Connie, I didn't know about job was either. When I started working their dad had remodeled this beauty shop turned it in to a palm shop, and I asked I said, hey, when you get open just go to school down the street could I work here. And he said what would you do? And I said, I'll sweep out cleanup. I'll do whatever you want. If I could get a job here working after school and on Saturdays. I'll do whatever you want. He hired me on the spot us. It is the shortest interview in his. Yeah. Started working there Connie fell in love with that business. It was amazing. The people the things that people brought into borrow money. And then take years old. I decided that's what I was gonna do for a living. I decided I don't wanna go to school. I wanna work. I went to summer school and night school for about eighteen months. I had enough credited to beginning of my junior year to graduate from high school or every day, then till I was eighteen okay. When I was eighteen I'm at two guys that had a lot of money because I didn't have any needed somebody on we formed a partnership opened our own pawnshop. And then from the time I was eighteen till I was twenty seven we built four stores in bought others and sold others in the process. And then we sold out to a fortune five hundred company that was in Fort Worth Texas, and I retired at twenty seven years old. And I thought oh my goodness. This is the American dream go. Yeah. Broker convict. And then all of a sudden, I'm twenty seven and I retired. Well, that was good Connie for about ninety days satellite that last yet. And my wife woke me up eighteen months later from a nap. And she said this is not what I signed up for what he means. He said, you're bored. You're lazy gained fifty pounds in eighteen months. You need to go. Get a job or you need to open another business. And I did I went back and bald the company started with when I was eighteen years old..