Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Adam Taubert, who recognized the nine-to-five life wasn’t for him and launched The Superfluous Culture to take full control of his destiny. We’ll let his enchanting words explain the rest…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I think and I develop. I manifest concepts, mostly objects, which act as what they are. I appreciate all things natural – my unisex clothing line is mostly organic.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I absolutely needed to take full control of my destiny. I grew smarter and more aware of my environment. Realizing the nine-to-five wasn’t going to cut it, I kickstarted The Superfluous Culture. It started out as collective of activists that quickly turned into what it is today.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The fact that I have the freedom to develop anything I want for my line is exhilarating. I’ve grown comfortable sharing ideas with major companies and am really excited about what’s to come. The most challenging part is the cash flow; it’s a shame we always have to keep that in the back of our minds when creating anything. It limits us until we have the resources to do almost anything.
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
My cellular device only rings for business.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will be 30 years old in 2019. I believe knowledge and understanding are directly related to desire. By 30 I want to be a master in the creative arena, working side-by-side with the best.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
The ability to be happy with what I put out there. I am forever never satisfied. I’m not fully convinced that I’ve overcome that side but I try to warp time by slowing down and seeing the impact my art has on other people.
Now is the most important time, and if you can’t embrace it you are not in the right place.
I also have a really solid team. For example, Mark, my creative assistant, is a major reflection of myself. We’ve worked together for more than three years and he continues to blow my mind with his ideas. His work reminds me of where I am every day.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
No. But it can keep the people around you happiest.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
My first jacket. That was an awesome three minutes.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
CAUTION: Don’t take my advice, or anyone’s for that matter, too seriously.
We start making mistakes from the second we are born – the whole not breathing at birth is very insightful in relation to our desire to exist on this planet. We know NOTHING. And if you always remember that, you will always chase for that knowing.
Also, there can’t always be a constant. Momentum shifts. Waves build a tremendous force only to collapse on shore thousands of miles away.
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Home. It’s where I can have the best conversations with the people that inspire me most. An invite into my home is a sign of admiration.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
This would be relevant to the earlier question about life/work balance. What is “me” time? (lol).
I love photography and film, and I love having big think conversations.
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
I really like Costa Rica. The whole pura vida ethos is brilliant.
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
N/A. There are too many fire theme songs. I’m also a Gemini, which means my theme song can switch at any moment.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I applied to universities across the US with the intention of becoming a pilot. I wanted to fly or go to space.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation when I can.
What to you is notable?
Integrity. I’d like to see more articles written about genuinely awesome people.
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