One of my first memories of being in a position of power and responsibility was when I worked in Boots the Chemist.
I was 16.
Now this is impressive…
I was allowed to choose whatever tape I wanted, to play in the store.
Over their PA system.
I was a ‘Saturday boy’ and worked on ‘Sound and Vision’.
I could chose any tape in the whole wide world.
As long as it was in the top 30 in the charts of course.
So I did.
For a good while I chose Erasure.
(My gaydar was awful, you know. I didn’t notice any gayness. I’m just as bad these days most of the time).
‘A Little Respect’ is at the foot of this story at the website version. It’s great.
I am mentioning this to remind me to calm down a bit, about business and about life.
As stakes get higher at Always Wear Red, as we grow a little bit and start to see some good things on the horizon, I can sense that I may get a little more nervous.
And this may make me a little more serious.
If that happens we will lose some of what has gotten us this far.
So I do need to remember to have fun.
Because as well as building a team of world-beaters, I need the young blood too.
Those that will love to get the important day-to-day tasks done. They won’t be choosing the new items to invest in in our collection. Or how many to order. Or whether to accept investment from this person or that person.
That’s my job.
They may do these things the future of course but, for now, I must remember to let them have a giggle.
And to feel the almighty rush of adrenaline that comes from choosing the music in the studio.