Coach & Player Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 13

Trust me; everybody has great ideas coming out every day,” Owens said. “But, regarding trying to partner with somebody, I would first have proper legal representation to make sure that they have your best interest at heart and to have an exit strategy that’s in your best interest as well.” Terrell Owens’ venture into the clothing world is a microcosm of Owens himself. From his love of fashion and clothing that came from his mother to the competitive drive that he had on the field, Owens is ready to take on this new challenge. One thing is for sure, he is going to do it in his own style, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Being an entrepreneur is no different. Terrell’s clothing brand reflects his personal success and hs unique style. to be financially committing, then at least be somewhat knowledgeable about whatever it is you’re putting your money at risk for. At the end of the day, if something goes wrong, then there won’t be any issue. Or you could understand those issues and try to remedy them when they arise. That’s been pretty much an eye opener for me.” “There’s a lot of life lessons to be learned from people in the limelight that they think they know about, but at the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself and be yourself. What I’ve been able to do is let people see the real, the imperfect, the flawed, the beautiful, the talented person that I can be. That’s what I challenge everybody to be. Everybo dy’s different. People are going to like you, and people are going to dislike you. I am who I am. You have to either accept me or reject me, but at the end of the day, I’m still me.” Owens is currently in negotiations to split from one of the initial investors of Prototype 81. The ordeal has brought him new insight into the business world. Owens wants to share some of the things he’s learned with future entrepreneurs. “It is very disappointing when people try to take advantage of certain situations based on things written in an operating agreement or the language of a contract, when things don’t go their way. That’s my warning to any and everybody that’s trying to be an entrepreneur. Coach & Player Magazine • Summer 2017 13