How to Size Up Your Partner

Updated 28-Jun-2024

John Paul DeJoria gave a Keynote at Stanford Entreprenuership recently. He has many skills and strong instincts. Now he is a multi-billionaire, but he slept in his car the first few weeks of founding John Paul Mitchell Systems.

People Person Skills

His people-person skills are phenomenal. In the Q&A he was asked how to size up a potential partner:

  • Have breakfast or lunch with them
  • What do they bring to the team? 1+1=11
  • Feel the energy and comfort level being around them
  • They don't criticize others
  • The are nice, not mean
  • You like each other
  • They are honest
  • They believe in a positive way of life
  • They want to make the world a better place
  • They are exciting (can be a quiet kind of excitement)

John Paul DeJoria Video