As a student of pop culture, symbols and quotes (and a sappy sentimental at times), I believe that entertainment is often a parallel for life, and business. As such, over the years I have gone through stages of routines immediately before I enter my office of things I do to prepare for work…

Growing up in the Bronx, one of Ronn Torossian’s favorite movies ever is “A Bronx Tale” (I have yet to meet someone of my age group who grew up in the Bronx and hasn’t seen this movie 10 times). As such, I used to watch a certain scene in the movie every day before I went to work.

It’s the biker scene… For those of you who arent familiar, a group of bikers show up in a Mafia owned bar. About 10 bikers walk into the bar very loud and rude and dressed poorly. The big boss (Chazz Palminteri) walks in and tells them: “Guys you aren’t dressed right, please leave.” The head biker tells Chazz – “Sir, please we’ll only have a few drinks and we’ll be on our way.” Chazz says “OK, no problem – I’ll buy the 1st round enjoy.” The bikers then take the 1st round of drinks and spray the bartender with beer and act like animals. Chazz comes back and tells them to leave the bar as they didn’t obey the rules – “Now you have to leave.” They tell him to screw off… and they will tell him when they are leaving. He responds by going, locking the door and saying “No problem. Now you can’t leave..”… and his buddies come from the back of the bar and go on to beat the hell out of the bikers. In the Mafia movie it taught the bikers a lesson about respect.

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Lessons learned: Words have value… Actions have consequences, and if you say something, do it. I respected it greatly because it taught the value of giving, and of taking… all of which are necessary in business. I used to watch it before going to work because it motivated me to work harder and to never back down – All values I believe are important as an entrepreneur and running one’s own business… and if you give a finger to a competitor, they will take the hand (and its similar to my political views)… Anyway, that was 5 years ago or so I used to watch that every day.

These days for at least the last month or so I have been listening to the same 3 Jay-Z songs prior to entering the office in my 15 minute or so commutte to work “Can I Live ?”, followed by “Lucky ?”, followed by “My 1st Song”. Jay Z for me is a self-made great entrepreneur who understands the importance of struggle and hard work and extreme self sacrifice to succeed and make money – His lyrics motivate me prior to working.

“Can I Live” talks about Jay Z “Not sleeping”, and him growing up and developing into a leader and successful person… “Lucky” talks about how one can never understand something completely from the outside and to never assume something to be the case… and about how its not just being lucky… but luck is a part of it…

… and the last song I listen to before entering the doors of my office (or wherever I am traveling throughout the world) is: “My 1st Song” which essentially talks about the value of starting each working day anew and how every single day needs to start anew… and to never take your success for granted(As a recent great quote I read said self-made entrepreneurs can’t stop striving, driven by anxiety that they could lose everything they so quickly gained.)… Some of the quotes from “My 1st Song”: Work “It’s my joy and my tears and my laughter and my everything”… ‘When you thought back you never thought you would make it this far”….

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“Treat my First like my last like my everything”…. (Which for me means don’t rest on your laurels – Even though I have nearly 70 employees after starting the business single handedly and the fastest growing PR firm 2 years in a row, I still feel far from successful and want to keep growing)…

Entertainment is certainly a parallel for business… and that’s whats motivating me before I enter work these days… just wanted to share the stage I am at these days … Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.