Reflection of 30 Years in Business: The day I turned down MJ
- On April 2, 2018
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Reflections on our 30th Anniversary of C D Moody Construction Company.
This is one of my top 3 moments and turning points in my business. It was the early 1990’s and I was introduced to an potential investor and partner. I knew if I wanted to grow fast and not struggle forever I would need a great partner. The autographed picture says “David, To Our Success In The Construction Business, Michael Jordan.”
Yes, MJ was going to be my business partner and midway through negotiations with his representative from DC, I changed my mind. Now I can admit it, I was intimidated by the thought of MJ being my partner and just scared to death. I was in my early 30’s, young in life and business. Instead of thinking wow, we could do great things together, I was like, I can’t ever challenge MJ, he is the man. I kept thinking to myself, I would never know what I could have done on my own. So I decided to keep struggling and see what was I made of as an entrepreneur. I remember like yesterday when I told his representative “I changed my mind and I don’t want you to keep spending money flying down to Atlanta.” He said “ David you are the first person I know to turn down MJ’s money and I respect you for not chasing MJ’s money and his fame.”
I can say now, I have had moments over the years when I wish I had said yes, so I could I have seen what we could have done together.
I will always cherish the negotiating experience, the autographed picture and the phone call with MJ to discuss with him investing in me. I hope to one day be able to say thanks to MJ for believing in me years ago. That was one of the toughest decisions I ever made in business. Life is full of tough choices and we can’t go back. For me I cherish the memories and the journey. I pray God will bless me with many more years to keep going for my dreams. I often feel like Forrest Gump with all the people I have met over the years.
In my book are many stories like this, and my journey in life and business. Buy it on amazon in paperback or kindle. Also purchase autographed copies from Moodyspeaks.com