Michael Rubin is the CEO of a company called Fanatics. This is a company that deals with fan merchandise of all kinds. The thing is, it isn't just any type of company. It is the foremost provider of this particular type of merchandise, fairly eclipsing any other company like it. It’s interesting to know how the company came into being, but perhaps the more interesting thing is to learn about its CEO. If you don't know a lot about him, then it's important to sit down and take a few minutes to read through the following list. By the time you're finished, you'll know at least 10 more things about him that you might not have known before.
1. He’s always been an entrepreneur at heart
There's no question about it, Rubin has always been an entrepreneur deep down inside. Some people can't imagine the thought of being an entrepreneur and others can't imagine being anything else. Michael Rubin definitely falls into the second category. As a matter of fact, he's always keen to say that he doesn't really know what he would do if he couldn't be an entrepreneur. Sitting at a desk eight hours a day, five days a week and doing mind-numbing work isn't something that he's ever been interested in.
2. He believes in paying his success forward
He's always had a tendency to pay his success forward. For him, it's never been anything worth even thinking about. It was just always ingrained into him that when you do well, you help others do well at the same time. As a result, he has become an active philanthropist and social activist, trying to right the wrongs that he sees in the world in order to leave some part of the world a better place than when he found it.
3. He’s always been highly involved in his community
He's always been highly involved in his community because he believes that one of the best ways to have a positive impact on the world is to do good things in your own backyard. For him, it's all about starting locally and then fanning out to help other people in wider circles. Even when he was a struggling entrepreneur, he tended to be involved in his community and his more recent success has only made him even more active.
4. He tends to believe that most people want a hand up, not a hand out
He thinks it's unfortunate that a lot of people genuinely believe that those who are struggling financially are just looking for someone else to allow them to ride along on their coattails. His personal belief is that most people are looking for a hand up, not a handout. He's a firm believer that if you give them the help they need when they need it most, they will then pay that forward to someone else who is in need at a future date.
5. He’s someone who believes in second chances
He's always believed that people should have a second, and sometimes even a third chance to get something right. That's one of the reasons why he became a primary individual in developing something called the REFORM Alliance, an organization that works to help individuals who are incarcerated get back on their feet once they get out of prison. It would be easy for a lot of people in his position to simply write others off, but that's not something that he's ever been keen on doing. He would much rather spend some of the money that he's earned to do good in the world as opposed to standing on the sidelines and watching everyone else fend for themselves.
6. He tries to put himself in the shoes of others
He always makes an effort to try to look at situations from the perspective of other people. Instead of only considering his own point of view, he tries to consider the point of view of others so that he can gain a better perspective. It also helps him make more objective decisions.
7. He realizes that good people sometimes make bad mistakes
He knows that even the best individuals make bad decisions and sometimes, those decisions can follow them for a significant part of their life. He tries to do what he can to help individuals who have lost their way to get back on track so that they can have an enjoyable life and stand on their own two feet.
8. He loves sports
A lot of people love sports, but he takes his love to an entirely new level. It comes in the form of being a co-owner of both the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers. When you consider his love for all forms of sports, it's easy to see why he wants to get involved. For him, this particular endeavor isn't really about the money or even about entrepreneurship. It's much more about simply enjoying something that he truly loves and getting to be a part of it in a way that most people never have the chance to experience.
9. He can’t stand the thought of someone going hungry
He's a firm believer that everyone deserves a chance to have a decent life. As a matter of fact, he can't stand the thought of watching people go hungry. It bothers him so much that during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, he got together with other celebrities and sports stars in order to work tirelessly to make sure that families facing poverty had food to eat. The focus started on those individuals who were already struggling and then fanned out to include those who had been directly impacted by the pandemic itself. By the time all was said and done, they raised more than $60 million for food.
10. He tends to bring others along with him when he succeeds
He's one of those individuals that tends to bring others along with him when he does well. If something goes wrong, he's not afraid to take responsibility for it but when things go right, he tends to share the success. As such, he's definitely one of the most well-respected entrepreneurs out there.
Written by Allen Lee
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