Episode 9: David Callinan aka “The Boston Barber” Gives You 50 Minutes of Straight Fire

After laboring through job after unfulfilling job, Davey Callinan found his passion in the real and raw sanctuary of the Barber Shop. But along the way, this Master Barber from Black Label Barbershop discovered a greater calling that stretches far beyond the confines of his chair. And he shares that gift with everyone he meets.

On this Episode of The Besomebody Podcast:

21:15 How Davey became a barber.  “It was something that really taught me about finding security in myself. A confidence builder. You have to accept your flaws and that no matter how old you are or how mature you are, if you don’t know how to do it, you don’t know how to do it. So, the kid could be ten years younger beside you doing better than you, but you can’t have an ego because it doesn’t matter. Where does your experience lie?”  -DC

22:37 Keeping the right people around you. “People forget how important it is to find that person who can guide you through your personal and/or professional life. People always attach themselves to the wrong type of people. But you took a moment after ten years of grinding on things that you didn’t want to do, that weren’t fulfilling you, that you knew weren’t unleashing your full potential. You said, ‘This is a person that I see doing something and I want to follow in his footsteps. And maybe I’m not going to be a carbon copy, but I’m going to take some things, I’m going to learn some things, I’m going to make them my own, I’m going to go build something great.’” – KS

25:57 Our reason for existing. “I hadn’t been through it, I hadn’t experienced the sacrifice, struggle and suffering you need to go through to become humble enough, bold enough, and smart enough to be able to get over your fears and insecurities. That enabled me to finally love myself, believe in myself, and then start seeing people and saying, ‘I see something in you that maybe you don’t see. But I want to get it out of you, and I’m going to push you.’ I personally believe if we don’t get it out of you, what are you here for? If you leave something in the tank and the world doesn’t get to benefit and be blessed by the gift that you have, why the hell are we here?” -KS

30:20 The power of self-belief.  “When you truly believe in yourself, you stop considering what someone else is going to perceive you to be in the process of getting there. I feel like a lot of people all too often consider the thought of what they look like making the move because they’re thinking about the step they’re making and not the destination they’re going towards.” -DC

32:47 Expecting the punches.  “When I believe in myself, I could be down in the dumps, I could be knocked down on the ground on my hands and knees. But the thing is I know, personally, beat down, I’m going to get back up. So, if I see you give up on me, that’s fine, I just take inventory of that. I don’t let that weigh me down…When you make tribulation your tradition, you don’t get bogged down in a hardship. Because sometimes people get so bogged down…when you make it your tradition you accept it as the norm. Because I got news for you, and you already know it, when you’re going through a tough time, the universe doesn’t have any quota for you in your tough time…the next ones on the way. The quicker you get past it and accept it, and improvise, and adapt, and overcome, and move forward, the better off you are.” -DC

49:10 Kash’s One Big Thing. “The one big thing for me is that the universe is always talking. If you’re focused, faithful, and resilient towards your vision, the place that you want to go, and the person you want to become. If you keep believing you’re going to run into people all over that will help you get there. It might not be with money, a job, or with advice in the standard typical way. It might be with just one word, one look, or a high five. I’ve had that so many times in my life, if I look back at the road that we’ve been on the last ten years. Because I kept the belief and I was centered in where we wanted to go, I was blessed to run across these people. And you can’t overlook anybody…Be open, be willing, and be ready to take that inspiration and guidance from anyone and anything that you see because the signals and the signs are out there. The people, those beacons, are out there for you, if you’re willing to hear them. On the flip side, no matter who you are, what you do, what your job is, how young or old, you could be that person that’s inspiring someone, motivating someone, or pushing someone to go do the thing that they want to do. That’s a powerful thing. That’s a power that every single one of us have and it’s a power that we often forget.” -KS

Episode 3: Coronavirus and Hospitality – This Restauranteur Had to Cut His Staff in Half

Shawn Rao, Co-Founder and CEO of SynGroup built his business into a $20M force in the Texas hospitality industry. He was planning a venue opening in April. Then Coronavirus hit, and he had to lay off half his company.

On this episode of The Besomebody Podcast:

3:31 The world just changed. “Because of [the impact of COVID-19], we’ve decided to pivot our podcast focus from the conversations, insights, and guests that we’ve already recorded and that we had planned …to pivot to focus on businesses, entrepreneurs, and leaders who are on the frontlines of what’s happening with coronavirus and are contending with this pandemic in real ways.” -KS

15:27 Shawn’s lessons for entrepreneurs. “When you’re an innovative mind…you take the best of the best [in each industry] and always want to apply it to the craft you’re doing. And if you can take a little, piece by piece, you can always innovate and always learn.” -SR 

26:55 Adjusting to COVID-19. “We realized we had to pivot, we had to do some sort of pivot, to make this even a fringe-worthy concept, to make us sustainable for our employees.” -SR

36:02 An opportunity for community. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together to appreciate each other and to support each other. A lot of things that we took for granted before, we’re not able to interact with anymore. And then we see people that we used to walk by all the time and we never thought about -now we know that the patronage that we share, the business that we give, really makes a difference. I’m hopeful that we’ll come to a better understanding of how we’re all connected and how we’re all helping each other grow.” -KS

41:17 The most important aspect of leadership right now. “Everybody can be successful when times are good, but this is what I’m made for, when times are bad, to step up, be a leader, and be a role model. And show people what it means to be resilient and persevere.” -SR

44:51 Kash’s One Big Thing. “The importance of being able to stand out in front of the situation, of the crisis, of the circumstance. To stand in front of your team and your employees and to be able to clearly communicate the goal, the vision, the mission.” -KS