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From printing T-shirts in his garage and creating designs on an old computer at only 16 years old to becoming a multi-business owner and musician, John Barrett Jr. is an entrepreneur who’s passionate about all things business. Despite the trials and tribulations he’s battled over the years, John has since garnered experience in industries like commercial air conditioning, general construction, and cannabis. So many businesses go under from a lack of business skills, poor decision-making, and not saving money to continue operating during price compression. John strives to help others overcome these hurdles and achieve ultimate success in whatever they decide to do.
Challenges and successes
John has been through everything—he’s been robbed, mischaracterized, and someone even tried to extort him. He lost all his money twice, once in 2012 and once in 2019. What he’s realized since then is his earning ability hadn’t been lost, and the lessons he learned from those failures gave him strength. He wouldn’t trade that for anything, and nothing scares him now. John is finally financially stable, with savings, diversified investments, and several businesses operating at a high level. He wants to inspire his customer base and ensure everyone who works with him is happy. Despite his hardships, John made the recent decision to spend the rest of his life working on the things he really loves. His other passions include music (he plays guitar and piano) and fashion, so he started a clothing company again. He is also making music and providing a space for musicians to come and record video and audio.
The passions that keep him going
John made the recent decision to spend the rest of his life working on the things he really loves. His other passions include music (he plays guitar and piano) and fashion, so he started a clothing company again. He is also making music and providing a space for musicians to come and record video and audio. With a music studio and a performance area in his office, John is always inspired to create. He has a great team that helps him with design, photography, and videography in-house.
The strengths that guide him
Even in situations that have gone sideways, John always comes back to find a resolution instead of just ignoring them. That is extremely rare and something he’s very proud of. The industry is full of people with a get-rich-quick mentality. The truth is that, like anything else, it’s usually a slow play and requires some business sense. John’s ability to pivot at the right time and his constant work on personal development has allowed him to earn respect wherever he goes—and with respect, success follows. He lost all his money twice, once in 2012 and once in 2019. But since then, he’s learned from those failures and wouldn’t trade them for anything. Nothing scares him now; he knows he can come back from anything.
To learn more about John’s business advice and other ventures, visit his Instagram @john_barrettjr!
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