Playing with the House's Money

Scooter Braun is one of America’s top talent managers and an extremely successful business man.  He manages Justin Bieber, Usher and Hilary Duff just to name a few.  In a recent interview, I was blown away by some of his experiential wisdom.  Here are a few of my takeaways that I hope you enjoy:

  1. One day he came home in a bad mood because he had a rough day with one of his clients.  When his wife let him know that she was with a terminal cancer patient all day he felt like a complete loser.  The lesson is this: most people deal with real inconveniences, not real problems.  Learn to know the difference and don’t bring that stuff home with you.
  2. Plato said, “Be kind for everyone you meet walks a hard journey.”  Scooter has learned that you can’t disregard someone’s justification for their feelings.  Even if you don’t understand why they feel that way, you should respect it and try to understand more about it.
  3. Failure is a pit stop on the road to success.  The only true failure is giving up.  The worst-case scenario is that you try and fail and no one notices.  If its ordinary or expected, what’s the point? Go for extraordinary!
  4. Remember that no one will remember you when you are gone, except your kids.  Make sure to be present when you are home and find balance.  If you have Love, everything else in life is playing with the house's money.

The action item here is when given the choice, go for extraordinary!  Expect failure and make sure you recognize the difference between an inconvenience and a real problem.  When dealing with others, be kind and give unconditional Love.  If you have Love, everything else is playing with the house's money.

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