The Reason I Turned Down $100k (video)


In 2016, I appeared on Lebron James' Cleveland Hustles on CNBC  *SPOILER ALERT*

These are the answers to the most frequently asked question I get:  Why did you turn down $100k on national television?





Love Cleveland but so glad you chose to stay local to Akron!


I remember where I was when I watched that episode of Cleveland Hustles. Sheena had traveled with me out of town for business and we were watching it on the TV in the hotel room. I kept thinking, “Don’t do it. Don’t do it.” I didn’t feel like they gave you or Akron the respect deserved. So it always made sense to me that you didn’t say, “Yes.” I’m proud to live in Akron because of people like you. Keep up the great work.

David Piper

Way to keep it real! Glad you decide to dance with the partner that came with you. Keep it going and thanks.

Brent Ian Wesley

Thank you. It was actually a very clear decision to make. Nothing describes that moment more than the phrase “go with your gut”. On my way up to ‘The Decision’ my mind was going to say YES. But no matter how I tried to make sense of it, my heart and soul would not let me take myself and my family down that path. You never know what will happen next. I’m so happy that I said ‘No’. I’ve got so much flexibility as we grow, have 0 debt, 100% ownership, and tremendous doors have opened. It hasn’t been easy, but we are on our way. I’m sitting in Las Vegas right now about to attend a big retail convention. Over the next year or two, it’s about to get real.
Oh, plus we have a new 11 month old boy. I don’t see how that could have happened if not for the decision.

Alexis Walker Jones

Hi Brent,
That’s the name we use in our family! 😊 I never knew why you turned down the money and like most of our family, I was shocked. However I respected your decision and I knew you were constantly being asked about it. Thanks for this video. It helped me to understand your decision. The bottom line is we just want to see you realize your dreams. It took courage to do what you did and I’m proud of you! 😃
Your cousin,

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