This weekend I attended the Rebirth of Comedy Tour in Orlando, Florida. Although the tour is the vision of comedian Akintunde Warnock, the headliner for the event was David Mann. In fact, most of the people waiting to gain access to the venue were talking about how excited they were there to see David Mann aka “Mr. Brown”. After I waited patiently in line for a chance to take a picture with David Mann in the green room, I had to go to the product table in the lobby to take a picture with Akintunde. It was then that I realized that not only is Akintunde an amazing comedian, but he is also a shrewd business man.
Akintunde formed a strategic business partnership with a fellow comedian who could attract larger crowds. Then he took a step back, gave someone else the headline spot and watched his vision come to pass. I wonder how many people would have been able to push aside their ego to see their dream fulfilled. You may be the visionary but sometimes it pays to take a step back so your dream can move forward.