“It’s not how you start that matters but how you end”
I am currently reading the Hustler’s Bible by Gayton McKenzie and it is jam packed with simple truths that will leave anyone feeling inspired and equipped to deal with issues we all face when trying to rise up the career ladder or in growing a business. It has also inspired a few Instagram posts. You can check out my Instagram account Here.
One of the chapters deals with bad starts and in that chapter, he tells the story of how Sean John Combs, also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy, started his music career. This chapter really resonated with me when I read it because I had just found out that Sean “Diddy” Combs landed at No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five–a ranking of the world’s wealthiest hip-hop artists that appeared in the latest issue of FORBES. His estimated net worth is $820 million.
In 1991, Diddy was an unknown rap promoter and an intern at Uptown Records. The then 22-year-old Diddy promoted a celebrity charity basketball match. The turnout was exceptional. However the over-capacity crowd got unruly and there was a stampede, which resulted in the death of nine people. The news of the tragedy spread like wildfire and soon it was on all news channels.
After such a bad start it would have been easier to quit and never host an event again. The catastrophe, pressure and the agony of the aftermath would have been enough to have anyone raising the white flag in surrender but Diddy did not. He continued hosting parties and now he is one of the world’s biggest party promoters and organizers.
Despite all your best efforts a bad start is sometimes unavoidable and just as Abraham Lincoln said, “the probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” Don’t let your plans come to a grinding halt. Persevere and restrategize and you will come out on the other end wiser and stronger.