Interview: Jason Edwards

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Jason Edwards is the owner of Edward's All Star Barber Shop in Denton on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

He recently opened a second shop, Edward's Classic Barber Shop in the same town. Watch and listen as Jason discusses entrepreneurship, community, goal setting, and how he opened his shop in 30 days.

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Here are some inspirational nuggets and tips from Jason's interview.

  • When working for someone else, you will never be able to please everyone or achieve what you want. Jason realized that he had a skill, cutting hair, that he transitioned from part-time to a full-time business.
  • You will hustle non-stop. Building a business requires long hours and sacrificing sleep and your social life.
  • It's important to mentally prepare yourself for each day. Jason talked about how he never knows who will walk through his doors or when he will get a break. He recommends getting your mind right and eating a good breakfast before starting the day. Renata Burns also spoke about doing her daily devotional and meditating before starting her creative work.
  • You must constantly self-evaluate and be willing to make changes. At the end of everyday, you should ask yourself what you can do to improve your business tomorrow.
  • Use your faith to sustain you. The bible scripture posted on the barber shop wall is a constant reminder to keep going.
  • Giving to others is important to your success. This wasn't included in the interview, but Jason discussed his work in the community and the importance of being a role model.
  • Set your goals. Write them down. Have a plan and stick to it. Goal setting is a non-negotiable in following your dreams. You must know what you're working towards.
  • It takes money to make money. Have a financial plan and invest back into your business and you gain profits.
  • Don't limit your self. Jason said he did not want a black barber shop, he wanted a community shop. Go beyond what is expected of you.
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