Wow I’m finally getting started with my blog. I have been thinking about it for a while now and have been putting it off and putting it off but I don’t want to put this off anymore.
My name is Pat Mitchum and I’m into surfing and snowboarding. I’m 26 years old and grew up in southern California surfing all the time at Huntington and Newport beach. I became obsessed with surfing when I was 12 years old.
My childhood was pretty great and I realize that I had some privileges growing up, my parents did pretty well at business.
My dad was a business wiz. Almost every business he opened just took off with sales. He just had a special gift for picking businesses that would work and make money. He had a gift shop and a candy store and a bike shop among a whole slew of others. He had so many that I can’t remember them all. He would have them for a few years and then sell them.
So I didn’t have it to tough growing up, I did get to go to the beach and practice surfing so I got great at surfing. Hey even though I grew up in a rich family, I still think you have to work hard to get what you want. My plan is to open the coolest surf shop in SoCal.
I mean the most kick ass place you’ve ever seen. It will be known all over the world and be the surf shop everyone thinks of when you even say “Surf Shop”. The plan is to save my money first and then hit it hard.
I do some little jobs here and there and I have a few bucks saved right now but I’m gonna need more. I know from watching my dad that you don’t start a business until your ready.
I’ll fill you in on what I do for bucks in later posts on my site but I do some very small jobs that make me pretty good money and I do some kinda whack jobs that even though I love them they take a lot of time and I don’t make much money like pizza delivery. Yes I still deliver pizzas but I love it.
I do delivery for the sickest pizza store in SoCal! I’m not going to revel which one yet because I don’t what thousands of fans coming in asking for autographs because of my new kick ass blog. Hahaha!
No, but I am dead serious about the surf shop. The surf shop is going to have the coolest boards with the best designs that are custom made right there in the back part of the surf shop. We’re going to sell the coolest clothes, kick ass shades and some art.
A couple of friends make some pretty cool art that we’re going to sell in the store. Chet Cantos does some way cool wooden carvings of surfers and surfer stuff. The other guy is a genius at creating surfboard designs that are out of this world. Mike Harlow is a board art god. Not sure whether I can legally mention their names here but screw it, I say the more exposure I can give their work the better.
I don’t want ask my dad for help on the surf shop, I want to do it all on my own. Even if we have to start off small and grow it’ll be worth it in the end. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t run the best surf shop in California without having the best people helping you so I plan on hiring people that are not only better at surf shop business that I am but also a lot smarter than me. I know I’m not the brightest bulb in the Christmas light string but I will make up for that by studying business and hiring the best.
I recently read a book called “Screw it Let’s Do It” by Richard Branson and when someone asked him what was the key to his success was he said “I hire people a lot smarter that me”.
That’s going to be the central part of my overall business plan.
P.S. I fully believe that to be a success you have to study success, that’s why I read Branson’s book.
One last thing, check this guy out, I think I’m going to try to interview this guy for my blog!!!
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