Nile Style: More than your expected Barbershop & Business Experience
By Mercedez McIntyre
Interview Conducted by Ai Brown
The C.E.O of Nile Style Barbershop, Shanile Shakoor, in an interview reveals how he lived with a lie that he told daily by his positive reply when asked if he feels good to have his own personal business. The one out of six children grew up in Jersey City and described himself as a natural born leader following a verdict from his mom sequel to his leading roles in academic, performances and play.
Shanile started his entrepreneurial career as a youngster selling kool-aid which was fueled by the entrepreneurial mindset of people around him and further lead to the entrepreneurship concept instilled in him. The inception of his business was surrounded by challenges but with commitment, sacrifice and focus, the Nile Style boss believes that its erstwhile reply was no more a lie.
When asked about how he financed his dreams, Shanile explained that he did a research on how much capital is required of him. He revealed that he had saved a lot of money, tried to curb his spending and still got a loan from his parents which he has never missed a payment for the first 18 months which have helped him live a credit healthy life.
The Nile style boss revealed that his biggest risk was leaving a huge client at a shop where he was working considering the consequences which actually paid off for him. He further disclosed that he starts his day with prayer and when asked how he balanced love and business, he replied that he considers himself romantic enough to include his wife in his business dealings but confessed that his hardest part was staying attentive. “I am learning to be more present/ in the moment,” he says. He advises upcoming and current entrepreneurs to stay focused and guard their energy from distractions. Shanile currently plans to have a gathering of men on a monthly basis in 2017 to discuss daily issues as part of his authentic manhood series on how to reject passivity.
Be sure to head down to “Nile Style” for a new barbershop experience of class & relaxation the next time you are in the Baltimore/ Maryland area!
Nile Style Barbershop:
6622 Harford Rd #1
Baltimore, Md 21214