Entrepreneurial Style: The Aggressive Asshole, Ari Gold
In our newest series, Entrepreneurial Style, we dissect the habits, efforts, and mannerisms that make a man the perfect entrepreneurial force. Over the last decade, no character has created more of an indelible impact on budding entrepreneurs across the world than Entourage‘s Ari Gold.
In the first edition of the series, before we reach over to the Cubans and Slims of the world, we take a closer look at the character we all know and love. Finding balance in your life is essential to the pursuit of success. In the tug of war between societal norms contrived by the media we adhere to and those feelings within your own heart that shape your desire it’s up to you to find the balance.
What makes a man? Is it his fashion sense, social habits, or zeroes that line his bank statement? Perhaps to a certain extent, but what truly makes the man is all the invisible intangibles that build an individual into an unstoppable force. Before Ari Gold, the media had never encountered such a loveable, yet contentious character. While his character is based on an actual William Morris CEO, Ari Emmanuel, Ari Gold’s weekly antics gave us an extremely in depth look at the love and fear that Hollywood’s moguls must strike into the hearts of others.
His ability to somehow humorously berate anyone who displayed a glimpse of weakness in their demeanor was infamous Not because of the vulgarity, but rather because he did so in a lovingly open that removed the snarling hiss of his critiques. It is reminiscent of being slapped in the face, hugged and taught a lesson within the same breath, Ari Gold epitomizes the cut throat entrepreneurs that control Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
Weekends, nights, Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays, and even during sex; surely there are times when business isn’t the top priority, right? Never. While some work for a living, the successful create a lifestyle from their work. If you always remain available to new opportunities will ensure that you remain aggressive enough to outperform all of your peers.
Growth as a team
The momentum of your career is a direct reflection of the accompanying members your entourage. While one should always remain entirely self-sufficient to the best of his abilities, some goals will require collaborative work. It is these moments when who you know becomes crucial. As Ari nurtured and enabled his clients and friends to reach new heights in their careers and personal lives, he simultaneously made it a point to remain maintain powerful personal relationships.
Friendship in business
True friends are the individuals that will refuse to spare your feelings if accomplishing a greater task is at hand. There are times when one may have a hard time seeing the truth when one’s vision is clouded by lust, drugs, or success. Keeping everyone down to earth around you is of the utmost importance. Life is full of temptations. More so than avoiding the monumental temptations that come once in a blue moon, Ari taught us the importance of remaining rigorous and focused for the end goal.
Diversifying your goals
Whether it was acquiring new talent, expanding business ventures, running his own studio or even exploring new industries for sake of expanding his brand and legacy, Ari Gold’s hunger for success was never satiated. Pursuing new ambitions never meant that previous ones were forsaken. Compounding his myriad goals into a force is what turned a business into an empire.
Don’t take shit from competition
Once a competitor encroaches upon your business, it becomes imperative to eradicate them. An unforgettable moment in the Entourage series was when Ari dismantled a competing agency and sought retribution from those who snubbed him by firing upon them with a paintball gun. Annihilating your enemies by outperforming them and subsequently humiliating them will bring unbelievable satisfaction.
Learn to limit the level of asshole
Ari had some of the most vicious one-liners to grace the silver screen. While he was notorious for berating those closest to them, he made sure that he always understood when he was over the line. Whether immediately or as an after thought, it is important to gauge the barrier of when you are right and wrong. Having quick temperament is a trait that many individuals struggle with, but always correct yourself when you are over the line. Even the most self-righteous assholes need to have boundaries.
The family man
Despite a Ferrari in the driveway, Hollywood in the palm of his hands, and as much financial success as any man could ever wish for, Ari always came back to his family. A man only truly needs his wife and children; all other relationships are extraneous.
While we may grow tired of their antics quite frequently, the individuals comprising your family will always be near when you are in need of aid. Your ambition and work ethic will be at their peaks when you are laboring for your family. The ability to take care of those that mean the most to you is invaluably satisfying.