We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanqueray Towns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanqueray, how do you think about risk?
I have always been taught in the environment that I come from (South Central, Los Angeles) that the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. I have taken that outlook to heart and realize that risk is a major part of building a career, a brand, and in life in general.
I took a major risk by jumping out of my comfort zone, moving away from my family to Salt Lake City, Utah to pursue my collegiate Division 1 football dreams. After achieving all my goals in football, I started looking for the next challenge in life. I believe all of the experiences I gained throughout the different paths I’ve walked prepared me for my decision to start my own online performance consulting brand.
Overcoming the fear of risk, I believe, is based in self- belief and faith. It is a risk everyday to put yourself and your brand out there, instead of clocking-in for a job under someone else’s dream. I am reminded daily that risk is often apart of the process in attaining the success you dream for yourself, regardless of the goal. When trying to attain your goal, you must take risks. In doing so, you’re forced outside of your comfort zone. In order to achieve your success, you can’t be comfortable. You have to grow.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Aggressive Intelligence is an Online Performance Consulting Brand that focuses on overall life enhancement through fitness, nutrition and mindset reprogramming. This concept was birthed from my experiences as an elite level athlete. I realized shortly after my career as a professional football player that there were many skills in that elite lifestyle I once was forced to lead that have helped me continue to find success today, as well as many I picked up along the way that I wanted to share with my peers, and the world.
I started working as a personal trainer who loved watching people’s body change but the part that most impressed me was the change in mindset, and how it would effect the lives of my client’s overall. I dove deeply into this rabbit hole of mindset reprogramming and incorporated many of those concepts in the programs we offer at Aggressive Intelligence. I wanted to improve the overall climate of my client’s lives, starting with how they perceived and invested in the person they see in the mirror.
The process was difficult, as I have had to change my own mindset and perspective towards self investment. Although it has’t been easy, it has always been worth it. My favorite part is seeing the change in every client that dedicates themselves to the program. I’m most excited to grow as a business and further my reach of positive influence.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There really is too many places I love in LA.
Every time I’m in the city, some of my favorite places to eat are Tals on Fifth Avenue and Florence. (They have the best waffles in the game.) I’d have to say another must have is Meaty Burger on Eighth Avenue and Florence, I grew up on those burgers. Lastly, the best seafood is found at the piers of San Pedro.
I love to hang out at the Palisades beach, right off of PCH. I graduated from Palisades High School and I never get tired of that scenery.
I used to like to go past the Marathon store when it was open and get CRENSHAW apparel, as that is where I hail from. This is now a monument in our neighborhood and I would recommend everyone stop by. I also like to ride through the old neighborhood and see some of my childhood friends. That’s where the real LA lives, between the neighborhood homes of the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The two most important driving factors in my life are my mother and my wife. My mother taught how to see the world as one of endless opportunists and my wife pushes me to continue to believe in myself, no matter the circumstance. Life has given me many serendipitous meetings in addition to the relationships I hold most dear to my heart. One of those is with my mentor and friend, John Madsen, who led me to the water and taught me how to fish, so I’d never go hungry again. I also have been taught by many masters in mindset training, like Mr. William Lam who taught me how to harness my power of perspective. My ultimate influence came from a man who came from my own circumstances, who made himself into a powerful example of self-respect, the late and great Nipsey Hussle. There were many nights when all I had was his music to get me through.
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