Six Bridges Brewery in Johns Creek is a father-son story, with Charles and Clay Gridley teaming up to create world-class brews that everyone can enjoy. We asked them to their advice to the next generation.
First, to borrow a line from one of my favorite Star Trek movies…”remember where you parked”. What I’m suggesting is to remember your life experiences that brought you to this point. You always learn, sometimes what to do, other times what not to do. They happened for a reason. Remember them and use to your advantage.
Second, ask for help…you need it. There’s a community out there (those already in business, banks, Chamber of Commerce, competitors, etc) that is a resource waiting to help you succeed. Everyone wants to hear a success story.
Third, and most importantly, treat everyone you come across like they are your best friend. From the guy emptying your dumpster every week to your favorite customer. Be the first to reach out, get on a first-name basis, and make them feel better than they did before they talked to you.
Do what you love, and love what you do. But remember, being an entrepreneur isn't easy, nor is it for everyone. Make sure you are willing to do what it takes to get the job done for whatever it is you are working with.
Life is too short to spend your time working on something you aren't passionate about. Find your platform. Everybody has one. Once you find yours, it's your turn to shine!
Anticipate, plan for, and manage the highs and lows of business. It can be quite the rollercoaster, but if it's already on your radar, these swings become more manageable.
For you workaholics, don't make business your life. Have another outlet, and constantly remind yourself what is actually important in life.