We had the good fortune of connecting with Bradley “TRYP” Vonada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bradley “TRYP”, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
To me, the measure of success is in the amount of individuals I inspire by what I do. Whether in dialogue, sharing “what I do when” or in what others perceive on all of our social media platforms. Success is being able to lay down at night KNOWING that you did everything you could to be the example God has designed you to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
A huge part of my background is by way of the United States Military. After serving 8 years in the United States Navy, I became more serious in perseverating my craft and those desires, I promised myself as a 10 year old boy. I knew the military would be great for growth but not worth the time I would invest in retiring as opposed to pursuing those dreams I set forth. I don’t believe anything worth having in life is easy but it’s even easier to quit on self-made promises to yourself. I tell younger people to put that image in their mind of their version of success and NEVER negotiate the terms. A wise man once stated “a mind is a powerful thing to waste” but it’s even more powerful when your focus and intentions are nonnegotiable. I learned from a perspective of “nothing in life is ever really about YOU”. It makes it easier to wake up in the morning knowing that I need to be the best example I can be for those who quietly watch me move.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well before this pandemic transpired and became what it’s been, I would have taken her on a ride through Rodeo to have breakfast or lunch and walk the shops for enjoyment. I would hop on the freeway and head to Crenshaw and Slauson to see the grounds where Nipsey Hussle built his career from the ground up. We love Naybahood Nip! I’m taking her to Hollywood in the evening time to see the lights on the boulevard as well as cruising through the strip on Sunset. From there I would take her on your typical touristy spots and allow her to indulge in the LA culture and see a different aspect of the world as we now know it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without becoming too spiritual I have to give ALL the glory and grace to God. I think the best teacher in life is life as it transpires. I remember releasing my first round of clothing and having a lot of inventory that was still unsold and I thought to myself initially…failure. Even today I keep those unsold items in my possession to remind me of the day coming that I won’t be able to keep product on-hand at all. It’s about vision! And my vision comes from God’s direction and the motivating factors I store in my mind to push past those limits.
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