Years ago I used to work with the Norwood family. I would go into the office daily and help them all individually while learning business from Sonja and being inspired from Willie Norwood.
Since all of the private offices were taken, I would sit up front at the receptionist desk and I would gladly be the first smile that any guests would come in contact with. Almost everyday Ray J would walk into the office, give me a hug and say “I know you have more skills, you need to get from behind that desk! Let’s make it happen!” Of course I agreed and I would always ask how he wanted me to help him out. One thing I’ve always known about Ray J was his tenacity when it came to business and his undeniable grind! I wanted to be a part in making him and his brand grow even bigger.
Thankfully after so many times of his daily greetings and challenging me, I got up the nerve to just begin! Ray J would reassure me that we were on the same team, we could make things happen. With his reassurance, I began talking to people and taking meetings with them. I started becoming a liaison for him to conduct business. I learned the art of negotiation through many attempts of making business deals. I learned how not to be intimidated by talking big money!
Through it all, Ray J attended each meeting that I held. He got on each conference call that I set up. He trusted me enough to know I had his best interest at heart. He still doesn’t know this but I have him to thank for allowing me to get hands on experience in getting out of my own comfort zone. He is one of the hardest working men I know and I love how he stays on his grind. I learned a lot from Ray J and I’m grateful for his friendship today along with the rest of the Norwood family, whom I like to call extended family to me.