“I was 7 or 8 years old when I wrote my first contract.
I vividly remember making my parents enter into an agreement with me about chores.
They wanted me to clean my room, I wanted to get paid, and I drafted up a contract laying out the terms. I did not agree to clean up a single thing until their signatures were firmly embedded onto my 8.5 X 11 loose leaf paper.
I proudly displayed my work on the kitchen refrigerator to make sure that everyone was on the same page about how this arrangement was going to work so that no one took advantage of my hard work without adequately compensating me.
Decades later, I’m still defending the rights of the emerging contender, but I’ve learned so much over the years. I now know that it takes a lot more than a contract to protect a business.
And I learned early on in my career that:
Success does not happen on an island.
What you don’t know can hurt you or slow you down.
It is okay—and far less costly—to ask for and receive help so that you can focus on your strengths.”
– Temi Siyanbade