As you may know, our summer interns are contributing to Daily Fuel’s editorial. Today's guest blogger, Brandt Williams, entrepreneurship student at the University of Michigan, gives his take on some very unique advice received by Tommey Walker.

Live With It

Like any successful entrepreneur, Detroit vs. Everybody founder Tommey Walker has seen his share of failures.  But Tommey’s creativity, open-mindedness, and persistence ultimately lead to the revitalization of his failing business. His persistence, that willingness to strive for success, even after the company’s downturn, is a common trait among successful entrepreneurs. However, Tommey took that level of persistence one step further than most. When his printing company was struggling, he moved his printer into the center of his apartment.

Tommey’s situation is unique. Not everyone will achieve their goals by putting their biggest obstacle in the center of their living quarters. Tommey “lived with it” to understand his greatest challenge and to embrace that challenge even outside of a business setting. It is often said that failure is our biggest teacher. Tommey Walker made sure he learned the lesson that his first failure taught him – which is why he is a growing success today.

This all began because one of his mentors told him to live with the machine. Most people might not have taken this advice literally, but Tommey did. It takes a form of bravery to drop everything and move into a different apartment with a printer for a roommate. But Tommey trusted his mentor’s advice and it ultimately lead to great success. Many of us take advice with a grain of salt – Tommey proved that it is best to jump in wholeheartedly, and not be afraid of failure… or running into the printer at night.

Olta Sota

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Student. Entrepreneur. Basketball Enthusiast.

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