Black Entrepreneur Spotlight Series
We would greatly appreciate it if you could tell us a little about your company.
VCG Sports provides career transition and business development services to current and former athletes preparing for life after sports. We make it our responsibility to ensure that athletes are equipped with the necessary resources and connections to build a strong foundation during their post-career transition. Through the use of practical and hands-on experiences, we create programming and opportunities for athletes to learn and engage with the career and entrepreneurial aspirations.
What was your child hood aspirations?
As a child, outside of being an athlete, I wanted to pursue a career in architecture and design. In high school, I took a drafting and design class but really didn’t enjoy it that much. Now that I’m older, I think I would have appreciated what I was learning at that time more so maybe that will be a second passion I will pursue as things move along.
Can you give our readers a quick answer on business advice?
Information is everything. Everything we are trying to create has already been done before on either a larger or smaller scale. Someone told me a few years ago that “we’re not re-inventing the wheel”. Basically saying don’t complicate what you are trying to do and know that it most likely has already been done before.
Listen to people who have already been through what you been through, read as much as you can, and take risks. Even if something doesn’t work out for you the first time, the second time around you will be more efficient from what you learned the first time.
Also, when you have a task that may seem complex, do your best to break it down into its simplest form. Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves because we envision all the work it’s going to take before we even start, which creates more problems. Just take every project and break it down to its simplest form and it will be less of a burden from my experience.
What was your toughest challenge?
I would probably have to say my toughest challenge was balancing everything that didn’t have to deal with my business. Dealing with issues pertaining to family, friends, finances, and just personal issues within myself as far as growing into the best version of myself.
When you are building something that is not of the “norm”, you deal with people who may not fully understand what you are trying to accomplish. That can make you feel like you don’t have the support that you want and can make you question what you are doing. However, you have to have unwavering faith and believe in what you are building because everyone is not going to see your vision the way you do.