Sunday, March 5 2023
What I Learned This Week | Rich vs. Really Rich
The Really Rich Podcast with Nicholas Crown is one of my favorite new listens (scroll down). Thanks to my good friend Harrison, and a bit of serendipity in Miami, I got to join the show a few weeks back. The episode dropped this past week.
Nicholas is a prior Wall Street trader who gave it all up to pursue his dreams—his ride isn’t for the faint of heart. A Cornell grad, Nicholas quit finance to pursue a career in music. He played at Bowery Electric and other similar-sized venues, but his go as an artist fell flat, and he found himself working in a retail store.
Since meeting him, one of the biggest things I learned from Nicholas is: you don’t get to decide what the world wants from you. Nicholas wanted his work to touch millions of people, but his music wasn’t getting it done. Instead of quitting, he pivoted his calling as a creator to comedy, and his “Rich Guy” vs. “Really Rich Guy” characters blew up on TikTok. It turns out, what was most authentic to Nicholas, and what landed with millions of people, was making fun of his old life on Wall Street. The Rich Guy is a jerk who values status and money above all else, while the Really Rich Guy is a kind-hearted human who understands that life—and getting wealthy—is about treating everyone well and creating value for others.
Fast-forward to today, Nicholas Crown on TikTok gets 30M+ views per week! His large audience has allowed him to ink brand partnerships with companies like Fundrise and Public. He recently started a software company to help other creators monetize their audience. And his podcast lets other entrepreneurs share their journey through candid conversation—your boy is episode #9.
During the episode, Nicholas and I talk about the power of sending a cold email, team building, failing, developing your authentic style, and more.
Hope you enjoy it,
Ps… this newsletter is typically published over at Mike’s Newsletter. Since the podcast episode is all about Huddle and team building, we published it here too.
🔖 My feed this week
Team Building, Startups, & Hitting Rock Bottom (The Really Rich Podcast)