Vali was behind the bar. He had just poured out a fifth original cocktail and once again, everyone was in awe. He was able to instantly think up five, unique, mind-blowing cocktail recipes, and he just gave them to the owner… for free.
Pictured: money he’s missing out on.
He was going to add more detail, but I yelled at him to stop fooling around and get some real work done.
The thought that the man of my life possessed such unique talents, but still seemed so devoid of ambition frustrated the hell out of me. This time I told him “You must wake up and do something with your potential, instead of giving it away for free!” I laughingly went on ; “If you don’t I will capitalize on each and every of your talents, and turn you into my personal ATM!”
Or you could say: “My Money Cow”
I felt relieved, it sounded a little crazy (especially that part about the T-shirts), but he had finally started thinking about business. I liked the idea a lot and told him that I was willing to give him my support (I’ve regretted saying this many times since). In my mind we are the “perfect match” he is a very creative artist, and I know how to exploit him. I digress, we complement each others’ skills well. His strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. I lose my patience, he finds it. He loses his keys, I find them. I’m insanely practical, he’s practically insane. It works.
Besides, someone’s gotta open those pickles.
Yet another one of my goals which I will touch on in depth later is to move into consulting. What I felt I lacked however was some business experience and personal success. Naturally, I thought that if I can manage our T-shirt brand and make it famous, then the people will take notice and trust me – that’s the best advertising I could ever get.
That or some of that sweet, sweet Moon advertising space.
All these years of endless frustration resulting from working for Chinese companies that were preaching professionalism, but in reality showed none. Companies where nobody cared about the personal and professional development of the employees, put an idea into my head. We started a T-shirt business for our first entrepreneurship effort, with a great vision to create a fun brand and making a name for ourselves in China, and giving others the opportunity to join in on the fun. I wanted to set an example in management for young people to learn by. I want to motivate and help them to realize their own potential independent from the trap that is the modern corporate world. What if I could build my perfect company? What if I could create a place where employees will learn and develop, and be motivated to work? I already had the perfect test subject, but getting my fiancé to cooperate was more of a chore than I bargained for….
“Hi, I’m your new cartoonist!”
Next week: How to Train Your Artist! A handling and obedience manual for all managers!