A couple of years ago, Tony told me that he was about to start changing his image. He’s always cared about his clothes, the way that he dresses; however, he wanted to take the next step and move from nicely dressed, hip, high school fellow, to someone who would be taken seriously – a businessman. Eventually, he started selling his other clothes, sneakers, etc, and buying bits and pieces to create his new image. Most recently he bought a new suit, a few ties, some really nice, name brand shoes, etc.
Yesterday, when I took him to the airport, he was probably wearing about $1,200 – 1,500 worth of clothes, probably more than the total of everything that I own! However, that’s his thing.
As part of a school project, in 12th grade, 3 years ago, he and another guy created a small scholarship fund. They, I believe, got an A on the project. They actually went out to local businesses, hustled money, and created a small scholarship and awarded it. Tony never forgot about that and decided that he wanted to make it a reality and he wanted to run it. All summer he’s been making calls, filling out paperwork, pounding me with questions, etc, getting American Scholarship Foundation set up. He got it incorporated a few weeks ago and is waiting for his paperwork from the IRS to say that he is a legit non-profit organization!
In the mean time, he’s considering how to raise funds, network, etc. He’s very good at networking. Certainly, he’s a big-time extravert and quite the ‘politician’. He can shake hands and kiss babies with the best of ‘em. He’s learning to play golf because, he believes, that’s where a lot of deals are made and, if you can’t play golf, you could be out of luck!
Now, he’s in California, going to school, searching for movers and shakers, trying to make connections. It certainly is interesting to see this young man, who in many ways in thoughts and manner is my complete opposite, but he keeps it interesting. I just stay out of his way and watch the story unfold. I’m sure that he’ll keep me in blog posts for years to come!
Funny. I never could get him much interested in reading, now he has a thirst for business knowledge. Here’s what he was reading at the airport yesterday, between flights. I’m proud of him, obviously.