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Small Business Owner Or Entrepreneur | Emmanuel Gayot | Episode 19

Small Business Owner Or Entrepreneur | Emmanuel Gayot | Episode 19
December 9, 2014

Mission: To Mentor & Teach Potential Barbers and Youth in the community...

Small Business Owner Or Entrepreneur | Emmanuel Gayot | Episode 19

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I had three barbershops and all I could afford was a new car. After we made this car payment, we had no money — I kept having to go back to work, and I said theres got to be a better way Emmanuel Gayot
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Mission: To Mentor & Teach Potential Barbers and Youth in the community...

Mission: To Mentor & Teach Potential Barbers and Youth in the community…


The Startup Dad Journey of Emmanuel Gayot


If you recall in episode 5 or 6 I gave a few shouts to individuals that left me reviews in iTunes and individuals that reached out to me via SM. Well one of those individuals I connected with over the phone and after talking to him I knew I had to get him on the show to share his Startup Dad Journey.

So our guest today is Emmanuel Gayot. Emmanuel is a father of 4 and is a serial entrepreneur, which he didn’t mention when we first spoke over the phone. He was very modest, but than he sent me his bio and I was blown away by the number of business Emmanuel has started and with his 17 years of business knowledge. Currently Emmanuel owns a Barbershop academy and a cosmetology school in Virgina.


Start out with using free, start out with the small stuffEmmanuel Gayot
Family First:
  • Review Family Photo – Wife and a father to four children
  • What does fatherhood mean to you – Fatherhood means provision, legacy, guidance, and sacrifice, fatherhood mean settling down, not taken for granted the responsibility
  • Balancing Business and Family: Everyone pitches in and helps out to keep things going. Has a 17 year old and 13 year old, who picks up household chores.
  • Household Chore: Pressing clothes and cutting the grass
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • Started early, going back to grade school I resole candy for a profit.
  • I started out working for entrepreneurs, I started out working in a bike shop, then hardware store, drug store, meat market, and then Moses who owned a barbershop taught me everything I knew.
  • Moved to VA, met my wife and was studying to be a pharmacist. While in school everyone came knocking on my door to cut their hair. Went back home and couldn’t find a job, so I went into a barbershop and started cutting hair.
  • Opened up first barbershop a couple of days after first son was born (17 yrs ago) by the encouragement of my wife. She has always been a great motivator for me.
  • Money was rolling in, so I took that money and opened up another shop.  I saved up and then opened up a restaurant that didn’t last.
  • I had three barber shops in brooklyn, but all I could afford was a new car. My businesses was packed, but at the time I didn’t understand the difference between employee and self-employed. So my business was packed, but all the money I made came from my chair.
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap: I sold the barbershops because I didn’t have time to spend with my family.
  • I began to realize systems are amazing. You can have all the money in the world, but without a system in place or  a business plan in place you really don’t have anything
If you are happy with where you are, stay there¦ but if you’re complaining day to day — bust a move. Take a step!Emmanuel Gayot
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Real Dads, Real Talk:


  • Hardest personal sacrifice: Time, time with my family
  • Health Insurance: It’s a priority, presently we don’t have health insurance
  • Failure, Doubt or Fear: In my mind I could make anything work, and I learned through my failures
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools


  • What is one time management tip? Delegation is my number one tool to time management
  • Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Entrepreneur? Discernment would be the greatest attribute
  • How do you keep healthy- Playing basketball with my son three times per week, playing chess, and diet
  • Book every startup dad should read: Book of Proverbs, Book of Ecclesiastes and First Things, First
  • One thing you would have done differently- Gone to school and attain business degree and team up with people with business sense
  • Where do you see the intersection between fatherhood and business – To me I am leaving a legacy. My kids have seen me provide with my bare hands. My kids don’t talk about getting a job, they talk about creating jobs.
Resources & References Mentioned



Quotables by Emmanuel Gayot
  • Money is just an idea, if you don’t have the right idea with it, it just blows in the wind.
  • The more you see, the more you accept it, the further you will go


The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

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