I had no idea I wanted to be an entrepreneur until about 5-6 years ago. That's because Bravo was already running strong for over 2 years. I saw an opportunity and I took it. It's as simple as that. I don't come from a long line of entrepreneurs. I didn't have any money growing up and didn't have any when I started Bravo. If I can, you can. Enjoy.
Guys, thank you for joining the Bravo Audio Show. My name is Rene Aguirre, blah, blah, blah. What? I don't even know my name, man. What's going on? Guys, thank you for joining the Bravo Audio Show. I am your host, Rene Aguirre, the owner of Bravo Concealment, and I am nothing special. Nothing special at all, guys. I really am not. I'm just the guy that will go out there and try it, and I don't care if I fail. If I fail, so be it, I learn something new. And if I don't fail, well, then I just scaled something. Listen to me closely. Please understand, I'm so humbled by this because it's so true. I've never spoken to a crowd of people no more bigger than my church, which is about 300, 400, somewhere around there. I'm not a good speaker, talking to people, talking to an audience, I don't feel comfortable. Although it just...it depends, right?
If it's something that I'm passionate about, that's why I can do these podcasts, because what I talk about, I'm passionate about. I can't talk about thumb drives although if I really find out how they work, I can probably talk about it for about five or six minutes and make it interesting. But I need to find interest in it first, right? So, guys, if you have passion for something, it should be easy for you to go out there and just stand in front of somebody and just tell them what it is that you're thinking. Tell them your thoughts. That's the way I feel about the Bravo Audio Show. My first microphone I've ever bought ever three months ago, SM57. I know there's better stuff out there, but this is good stuff, right? And, and it's not expensive, and it's good enough.
Thirty years ago, this was the bomb, it probably still is. It still is one of the best. But anyways, I don't even know about the SM57 only that I know that's what it's called. I'm telling you I did not know. I did drive around delivering mail for about 20 years listening to Rush Limbaugh, so maybe that helped a little. But I don't act like Rush Limbaugh out here, I haven't heard him in about five years, four years ever since Bravo just really took off. I don't even have time to listen to poor Rush. I come over here and I talk about what is important for me. And if it's important for me, I hope that you can take anything from it, something. Even if it's just a small little nugget and just apply it to your daily life. If you can't, well, then just thank you for watching and I don't even know why you're watching, but if you can, awesome. Truly means the world to me that you guys...I see your comments, I see the emails, there's a lot of people out there that love what it is that I do, and they love the show.
And guys, from the bottom of my heart, I'm so humbled by that because, again, I did not grow up wanting to be on radio or doing a podcast. That's not what I wanted to do. I didn't even know I wanted to be an entrepreneur until about maybe six years ago. I did start Bravo about eight years ago, but it was about two years into it where I said, "You know what? I can really do something with this." And I like it a lot, because before that, it was just a hobby. I was just a guy doing gun holsters and people were interested in them. I did not think of myself as a businessman at all. I had no clue on how to run a business. I didn't come from a family that owned a business. None whatsoever. None of my uncle's owned a business, none of my brothers, my cousins, nobody. At least my immediate family, no one, so I had no clue. I didn't know what ROI was, I didn't know anything about manufacturing although I did work in a manufacturing plant for about six months. Worked at auto body shop and that was pretty cool, I learned a lot consider the person that I worked for, one of my first mentors in life, he was real close to us.
And learning a lot, going through experiences and making some horrible mistakes. Things that, you know, could have scared me for life and, you know, I just thank God that that He was looking after me. And at least I feel that way, even though I didn't know who He was. I became a Christian in 2001. I didn't grow up wanting to be an entrepreneur, I didn't grow up wanting to have my podcast. But I saw opportunity, I took it. I took it, because again, I've said this before, I don't want to go through life with a what if? What if I would have done it? What if I would have done that? I don't wanna go through life that way. That scares me more than failing. By far, by far, that scares me more than failing. Going through life thinking, well, what if? That's me though, right? So I had to do this. I feel like...don't get me wrong, just because I didn't grow up wanting to be this, I don't like this. I love this. This is great. This is awesome. To me, it's the adventure. It's not the actual podcast. To me, it's just the adventure. Coming out here, and I don't have a script. I've got my, you know, my monitor here, my computer here, but there's nothing on there other than just, you know, Adobe Audio Audition. That's it. And I'm just checking out the waves and I'm running to the red here a lot. But Daniel, my audio and video editor will take care of that. He's gonna make me sound great, he always does.
But guys, I'm telling you, I had no idea that I was gonna do this. And to this day, I'm just baffled by the things that I can do because I just set my mind to it and I just go out there and I do it. And then I just have good people around me, starting with my wife, she believes in me every day, and she just motivates me. My kids, although sometimes they're like, "Dad, you know, get off the podcast, get off the radio, you're embarrassing me." You know, they're small, they don't understand that. But, you know, to have a great pastor and who is a mentor in the spiritual realm and in other realms as well. And, you know, I have my dad that I thank God for and, you know, my mom that passed away about eight years ago. You know, just...and I have my brothers and my family and family through my wife side. Guys, I can do this because I have that. And I am not afraid to fail. So what? What's the worst that can happen? Nobody listens? You're gonna tell me that's the worst? I'd rather go through that and not knowing that I could have done this. And I know it's not...we're all built different and maybe there's a gene inside me that allows me to do this and it may not allow somebody else.
I get nervous, I can't perform in front of people. I like playing my guitar. I get nervous. I can't perform in front of people. I can't play my guitar in front of people. It's weird, right? But I can talk. Don't give me a script because I'll mess it up. You give me a script and you say, "All right, say this five minute script and just read it on the air. I can't read off a paper. I can't. It just needs to be me. It needs to come from my heart. And that's what I do every time I come up here. So don't, for a second, if you're second guessing yourself, don't. Go out there and do it, man. You see the snaps that I do in the morning after I work out? My hair is like this and I look horrible. And dude, but it's…just do it, man. What's the worst that can happen? What is the worst that can happen? Get over it, you prima donna. Get over it. Don't be so vain. Go out there and do it, man. What's the worst that can happen? What? You're waiting on the world? Go out there, get it done. Guys, if I can do it, you can do it.
Now, again, I understand some of you guys don't want to do it. Fine. Don't do it. But if you're sitting there contemplating on, should I do a podcast? Should I start a business? Should I do this then the other? Yes, do it. Now, are there consequences? Yes, of course, man. Of course. But what's the worst? Now, I get it in business, look, there's time, there's effort. I get that. You don't wanna quit your job if you can't sell something. But learn the ropes, man. Understand that...don't invest too much in a business if you don't even have one customer. The way we start is I just started doing them for my friends. I started giving them away and then people were interested and then I started selling them on eBay because I was already selling on eBay and things just snowballed. But I never had the thought of, "I'm doing this so that one day, you know, we can be number one." I never ever. Those things came in time because I saw opportunities of, we could be number one, let's go for it. You know, we could make good money off of it, let's do it. We could offer the best customer service, let's do it. We could offer 30-day money back guarantee, free shipping, let's do it.
But it came in time. Nothing happened overnight. But it happened because I stood and I did it. I stood in front of this microphone and I did the podcast. I stood in front of this camera and I'm doing the podcast and it happened, and it's continuing to happen. How long am I gonna be doing the podcast? I don't know. I don't know. If it dies out, it dies out. So what? All right, man, that's another chapter in my life. Let's move on. Guys, don't ever feel like, "Well, I'm not ready." You're never gonna be ready. You're never gonna be ready. Trust me, you're never going to be ready. Go out there and do it, man. I'm all pumped up. I gotta get going. So I could talk for hours about this. I'm already…I'm at the 12-minute mark, which will probably be a lot less after Daniel edits this. Go out there, man. I don't even...I know I sound like a broken record. Go out there and do it. If it's something that you've been contemplating and you wanna do, try it, and if you fail, so what? Well, my friends are gonna laugh at me. Bro, your friends laugh at you because they don't have the guts to do what it is that they're laughing at themselves. They don't even know it, man. Even if it's not what you want to do, you may be surprised that you like it and you end up doing it, anyways.
Thank you so much for listening, man. I consider this a rant because it was just like…no, I really don't, man, because all my podcasts are like that. It's just it comes to my mind and I just start talking. I'm a mouth, I just start talking. But guys, thank you so much for listening. Go check us out, bravoconcealment.com, home of the 30-day money back guarantee, free shipping, unlimited lifetime warranty. Go check us out, bravoconcealment.com. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, means the world to me. I'll talk to you guys soon.
Rene Aguirre is the founder and owner of Bravo Concealment. Rene has been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 8 years and has been a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder for more than 20 years. Finding a high interest in firearms for many years, Rene started Bravo because of the “lack of” a good concealed carry holster on the market.