Scott Samuel “Scooter” Braun was born on June 18, 1981 and is an American talent manager and businessman. He owns two record labels: School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG). RBMG is a joint venture with R&B performer Usher. Three of the most prominent artists Braun represents are Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Martin Garrix. For School Boy Records, his represented acts include Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly and The Wanted among others.
Recently I heard him talk to Lewis Howdes, ex-professional athlete and lifestyle entrepreneur on his podcast called ‘The School of Greatness’. When talking about his life he touched on something very close to my heart; depression and what he’s said should be a beacon of light for all those small business owners and entrepreneurs that ‘struggle’ on a daily basis to focus on their business.
Scooter: “ What i find so fascinating because of what I do, I get to see some of the most wonderful, powerful, influential, successful people in the world or are in my circle. And they ALL suffer from depression from time to time. Every single person.”
Scooter: ” Because no matter where you are in your life, you are still human. Y’know none of us were made to be worshipped. All of us have DNA that was built to serve each other. We’re built to interact. Y’know it’s this study that Harvard put out, the longest study they ever had that said the number one correlation to long life is genuine interactions. And no matter who you are, money, power, fame; none of it adds up to genuine interaction. That’s why you see Fortune 100 CEO’s kill themselves, but you never hear of someone in a soup kitchen who’s a volunteer killing themselves.
Y’know it’s this idea that true interactions are so important, that’s what I want to keep working on in my life and keep bettering my life and I think its so important (that people who watch or listen to your podcast) to know that might admire someone so much, but they have those same feelings of self doubt that you have. And the best way to defeat those is to change your perspective and realise that there are genuine people that love you in this world and there are so many people out there in this world, waiting to meet you. And if we can spend more time having real genuine interactions and taking time with each other then we wouldn’t be fighting to have a big boat to sit on alone. Y’know we would want to be figuring out how do i spend more time with people? Because I can tell you when you have the big house and it’s empty all you want to do is get out and find out where your friends are. So that’s the number one thing I’m working on and the thing I want to make sure that other people know.”
I had that house. I had those feelings. And it’s refreshing to hear such an influential person talk so openly about depression and loneliness on the journey we call entrepreneurship or business owner. THANK YOU Scooter. Thank You.
To Listen and download the FULL Lewis Howes Podcast, The School of Greatness, with Scooter Braun click on this link: CLICK HERE