In the words of the late and great US House Representative John Lewis, this is what I would call “good trouble”.
I understand that cutting hair in the men’s bathroom during school hours might be against school policy, but I sure admire this kid’s entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of robbing, selling dope, etc. he chose a legit hustle. Can’t knock the kid for that!
The debate came up recently on social media about whether or not schools should focus more on teaching kids economics & entrepreneurship. I say YES! I feel like school teaches us how to work for others instead of how to have others work for us! Though having a successful corporate career can be very rewarding, cultivating entrepreneurial skills could be the key to successfully unlocking financial wealth. I believe that you can do well working a job but if you do it right you can get rich working for yourself.
As a reward for his hustle, Cameron was awarded an apprenticeship with from Sebastian Jackson, who was also 15 when he learned to cut hair and now owns The Social Club Grooming Co. in Detroit.
Some of Jackson’s clients include former NBA player Jalen Rose, rapper Big Sean and R&B singer Dwele— all Detroit natives — as well as former Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
Jackson has since become a mentor for Cameron, who said “it was an honor” to meet him, adding that “it was definitely a learning experience, learning where he came from, and his way to where he is now.”
What an inspirational story. What do you think?