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The Journey to Holly Hall Supply Co.

We use the word journey ad nauseum sans apology because it’s something that represents us all. We’re all from somewhere and we’re all headed somewhere, even if we have no destination in mind. Our “For the Journey” blog Is designed to be a platform for people to tell their stories.

Telling your story and all the twists and turns, whatever they may be, requires a certain level of openness and in some cases vulnerability. As founder of Holly Hall Supply Co., it’s only fair that I go first.

I’ve been a part-time entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. Growing up, the only thing I loved as much as sports was making money. It didn’t even have to be my money; counting it was good enough.

I sold my lunch in elementary school to make extra money for the arcade. I sold burned CD’s in middle school to buy the newest tennis shoes. I burned DVD’s in high school to have money for the weekends. I was a party promoter in college to make beer money.

Hustling seemingly has always been in my DNA. So, when as I sat on the 35th floor of a downtown Houston skyscraper as an associate in a law firm years later, I wondered how that hustler of my youth ended up in one of the most risk averse and conservative professions out there (we still have accountants beat but that’s about it). Fear of failing? Fear of losing my financial independence? Natural aversion to risk?

Never came up with a concrete answer but I concluded that if my entrepreneurial endeavors never graduated from side-hustle to an actual business, any money, titles or accomplishments I would acquire in the legal world would carry the asterisk that I never stepped up and put it on the line; that I never became the man in the arena. I have a random nerdy hobby of collecting quotes and my favorite is by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

HHSC represents starting over. Bringing Holly Hall Supply Co. to life has been so fun not only because I finally get to run my own business, but also because it allows me to do what I do best; bring people together.

I’m not challenging you to start your own business. It’s not for everybody. I challenge you to find a path where your skills are valued and the dark days are overshadowed by the prospects of the bright ones. I challenge you to live a life you’re proud of.

If you have a story about your journey that needs telling, email me at justin@eighttwelvesixteen.com and let's chat.

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