Learn or Hire - Episode 3.2 of THE SHOW with Thad Lewis

Just Because You Have Resources Doesn't Mean Startup Is Easy

3.28.17





In this 2nd episode of THE SHOW with 49ers QB Thad Lewis, we talk about learn vs. hire. In other words, you can't do all of startup by yourself, and you shouldn't -- so when does it make sense to learn the skills you don't have, like coding, as opposed to hiring in those skills.

Thanks to a lifetime of hard work and some good fortune, Thad Lewis has the means and the connections to start whatever business he wants and get it off the ground in a way that most people can't. But that in no way guarantees his success, and he knows this.

Thad also wants to make a mark with TL9, his apparel company. He has a vision for how this company can help him not only succeed as an entrepreneur after football, but also help him give back to a community that supported him during that lifetime of hard work -- and if truth be told, was probably 99% of that good fortune.

Learn vs. hire is not as easy as it sounds. I'm of the mind that while I support every entrepreneur learning to code, there's a wall you hit when it's time for someone else, someone who is dedicated to that part of the business, to take over the reigns.

And even if you have the money to hire, you still need to know enough to be able to make the decisions every founder should make. Let's face it, you also need to know enough to not get snowed.

We hit all of that in this episode, plus a couple of solid laughs along the way.