web analytics

It was kind of like “Field of Dreams” if you build it

Eric Woods Of Harlem Vintage On Why He Left Wall Street To Start A Wine Business

Canada Goose online Working as a trader at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs from 1992 to 2003, Eric Woods enjoyed the expensive vacations, dinners and possessions his Wall Street income afforded. “I definitely had a nice lifestyle, but that all canada goose store comes with a price. You get handcuffed,” Woods said. “Some people want to make changes in their lives but can’t because they’re beholden to that level of income.” Canada Goose online

Canada Goose Outlet Woods didn’t fall into that trap. In 2004, his career swung to the other end of the pendulum and the canada goose clearance sale opposite end of Manhattan, as he defected from Wall Street to open Harlem Vintage, Harlem’s first boutique wine store. He expects revenues of $1.5 canada goose clearance million this year and is credited with pioneering a renaissance of upscale businesses in the area. Canada Goose Outlet

Canada Goose Parka Everything from the outside canada goose looks much different then it does once you get inside. Wall Street tended to be glamorized, at least until the latest crash, when Wall Street Canada Goose Online was villianized. It’s not glamorous it’s a stressful lifestyle, a hard slog. I don’t miss the internal machinations of working at a Wall Street firm, the jockeying and the way compensation is canada goose factory sale comprised. People on Wall Street always feel undervalued. People who haven’t worked on Wall Street think getting paid that amount of money, you should be happy to do anything, but at some point, it’s thankless. You’re treated as a Canada Goose Jackets commodity. Canada Goose Parka

canada goose deals Was there one moment when you knew you were done? canada goose deals

buy canada goose jacket There were couple of moments, a confluence of factors. The post 9/11 environment was definitely it for me. buy canada goose jacket

canada goose store Was there anything about Wall Street you missed after you left? canada goose store

Wall Street is very good at picking smart people and training them to do things in a very buy canada goose jacket cheap exacting manner. There’s no room for “I just couldn’t get my act together this morning, so I’m going to be 15 minutes late.” I like that military precision, so Canada Goose Coats On Sale the biggest adjustment for me was dealing with people who didn’t come from that background. And at Goldman and JPMorgan, uk canada goose outlet someone is there in five minutes if something Canada Goose Parka is wrong with your computer, and we had lunch delivered to our desks.

canada goose coats In small business, you are, as my grandmother would say, chef, cook and bottle washer. I’m the one figuring out how to get the computers to work now. Also, let’s be frank, people made a lot of money on cheap Canada Goose Wall Street Canada Goose Outlet after I left. I could wonder, “What would I be earning if I was still there?” But canada goose outlet that’s a false choice. The fulfillment you get from actually reaping the fruits of your Canada Goose sale labor is much more important than the size of a Wall Street check, in my opinion. canada goose coats

canada goose black friday sale How did renovating your brownstone apartment give you the inspiration to create a wine business? canada goose black friday sale

I understood that you could create anything from a blank canvas, making something beautiful out of a rundown box. It’s metaphorical for life. You can create anything from your canvas.

canada goose clearance sale Was the wine business an instant hit? What was the reaction from residents? canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose sale Elation. It was an immediate hit. It was kind of like “Field of Dreams” if you build it, they will come. Canada Goose sale

canada goose What did Wall Street teach you about being “long term greedy,” and how are you using that concept now as an entrepreneur? canada goose

cheap http://www.canadagoosejacketoutlett.com Canada Goose That’s one of the biggest takeaways I had from Goldman Sachs. Long term greedy means if you provide a good service that people value, you will be compensated for that. If you don’t look to gouge someone or get a quick hit when you see an opening, but actually be a partner, in the long term, everyone wins. Another thing I canadian goose jacket learned from Wall Street is a Socratic thing: Not knowing something isn’t a barrier it’s just a hurdle. You need the wherewithal to understand what needs to be figured out, how to figure it out and how to do it quickly. cheap Canada Goose

buy canada goose jacket cheap You say that outsiders glamorize Wall Street, but owning an upscale uk canada goose wine business canada goose black friday sale sounds glamorous as well. Do your Wall Street friends buy canada goose jacket envy your lifestyle? buy canada goose jacket cheap

Canada Goose Jackets Every business is hard now, right? I think you’re right that people will canada goose coats on sale always canada goose uk black friday glamorize the other side canada goose coats the “grass” is always greener. What you learn in life, though, is that the grass is never greener. It’s just a canada goose uk shop different strain of grass. It might be wooly, thin or thick blade, but Canada Goose online it’s all grass. Canada Goose Jackets

canadian goose jacket But do you enjoy life more now? canadian goose jacket

canada goose coats on sale I do. My father always hated me saying this, but I’d rather be cheap canada goose uk richer in experience than in money. And I’m quickly making that true. That said, because of those interesting experiences, canada goose uk outlet my life is much more fulfilling canada goose coats on sale.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *