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  • You're a liar.

  • I was about 14 years old.

  • My father came outside, and I was shooting hoops in the driveway, and the day before,

  • I got grounded for lying, and he came outside,

  • I wanna talk to you,

  • and my dad is kind of a force.

  • He looked at me, and he said, "Look, yesterday, you lied."

  • I said, "I know, Dad, I'm sorry."

  • He goes, "No, no, we're not here to talk about that.

  • "We're here to talk about some truths that I need to give you."

  • "I always told you if you lied, you wouldn't be successful in life, and that just isn't the truth."

  • "Out of all my kids, you're the one that I have absolutely no doubt will be successful in life,

  • but you're a liar,

  • and you're gonna know it, and I'm gonna know it,

  • and that's just the way it is,"

  • and I just broke down crying.

  • I went in the house later, and I said,

  • "Look, I thought about it, and I'm gonna go through life,

  • and I'm gonna be a man of integrity,

  • and it might be harder to be successful,

  • but I'm not gonna be a liar,

  • and I'm gonna show you that I'm gonna have integrity in everything that I do,"

  • and he smiled at me,

  • and he goes, "Good decision."

  • (inspirational music)

  • My dad was a refugee in the United States from Hungary,

  • and my grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

  • Both of them just really fought for everything that they got,

  • and I felt very guilty that I was the first person in my family to grow up with any kind of means.

  • In a weird way, it kinda put a chip on my shoulder

  • that I wanted to prove to myself, to the world,

  • to my family that I could build something on my own.

  • Most of the great advice I ever got was from great parents,

  • not from great businessmen.

  • He taught me there's a difference between winning and truly winning.

  • You know, there's a lot of people who win in the outcome, but because they don't understand that living with integrity's a different kind of winning,

  • they never understood how they actually lost.

  • I only lasted in college for a year and a half.

  • I started my business my freshman year.

  • I did that for three and a half years,

  • and I had all these ideas about social media,

  • and no one was listening to me.

  • Music artists were at their biggest

  • when there was a feeling of self discovery.

  • For these kids, it was social media.

  • By starting my own record label management company,

  • I signed a kid off MySpace named Asher Roth,

  • and then four months after finding Asher,

  • I went on YouTube and saw, by mistake,

  • a kid singing who had 60,000 views, in his church in Canada,

  • and I was so blown away by what I saw,

  • I knew I can make this kid one of the biggest artists in the world, I just knew instantly,

  • and that was Justin Beiber, a 12 year old, singing in a church,

  • and I called every school district in that part of Ontario until his mom called to get rid of me,

  • and I convinced her

  • to get on the first plane that she and he had ever been on.

  • I had saved money for about 13 to 14 months before I knew I was going broke,

  • and this was probably month 11.

  • I ordered a pizza, and I had to get out $11 in change from a bucket of change I kept dropping every time I came into my house

  • because I had no money.

  • I had Justin and his mother.

  • I was paying their food bill, their electric bill.

  • I was paying everything,

  • and I was trying to build this company,

  • and everyone in Atlanta thought I was winning,

  • thought I was successful, but I knew the truth,

  • and my dad just called me to say, hey, what's up?

  • What's going on?“

  • And one thing led to another, and I just broke down,

  • hysterically crying on the phone.

  • Dad, I'm gonna be a failure.“

  • I'm a joke and no one knows,

  • and everyone's about to find out.

  • And my dad said, "You came this far. See it through."

  • Kinda wiped at my tears, said okay,

  • and the next day, Asher Roth came to my house,

  • played me a song called, I Love College,

  • and I instantly knew what to do.

  • Within a month, I was able to get us a publishing deal for a million dollars.

  • The commission saved my company.

  • That was the first time I really understood

  • that tomorrow comes, that the line,

  • the homes of success and failure

  • are next door to each other,

  • that if I would've given up in that moment,

  • I would've never known that success

  • was waiting for me next door,

  • and to me, that is success, it's who's gonna keep swinging.

  • We define, oh, you're successful because you're rich.

  • You know, we decide our eligible bachelors based on net worth.

  • We should be looking at success as a very different thing.

  • Are we happy?

  • Do we have quality of life?

  • Are we surrounded by loved ones?

  • Are we able to take time to actually enjoy the victories?

  • Do we even know what the victories are?

  • Then yes, I know what the haters say.

  • Easy for you to say this.

  • You've already had success, you have wealth.“

  • You know, you're not dealing with what I'm dealing with,

  • but I have once.

  • I was there, and now I can tell you

  • that with all the monetary success I have,

  • if it wasn't for my wife and my children,

  • 'cause I'd be so lost.

  • Family and friends, that's your real value.

  • Each birthday I have, I don't look around and say,

  • Gosh, wonder how much money I got."

  • No, I look around and say,

  • "Look at the people I've collected in my life.

  • Look at the family I've collected."

  • The rest is just house money.

  • (inspirational music)

You're a liar.

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    Liang Chen posted on 2018/09/21
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