We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven Langlois and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I strongly feel that risk and business go hand in hand. Just like the old saying, “No risk, no reward.” In order to even start your business, you have to take the plunge.
There is no guarantee of success or even a payout, but you still have to be willing to take the risk. Along with taking calculated risks, you must also put yourself into some uncomfortable situations and scenarios. Just like Steve Harvey says, “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
Had I never took any risk, I never even would’ve launched my business, and wouldn’t be where I am today. Persistence is also a characteristic I strongly recommend developing. My first 2 and a half years in business were awful, and a lot of others likely would have given up.
In fact, I nearly threw in the towel after 2 and a half years. I made no money, had to pay $800 a year just to remain in business, and the only purchases made were pity purchases from friends and family. Not until I started buying game systems on ebay to fix, was I able to start turning a profit.
I feel risk is necessary in business, but you must weigh all of your options, and be prepared to face failure more than success. They teach us in school to avoid failure. But in order to succeed in business, one must face a great deal of failure along the way. Success is like rent that’s due daily.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
There is a fairly good amount of electronics repair businesses in the State of California. However, most of them are unlicensed and do not offer to do repairs while the client watches. SBL Games, Inc. is licensed to work on electronics and also offers to do certain repairs on the spot while the client watches. We always encourage the client to watch whenever possible.
With business, the biggest lesson I learned, is that it is best to do things yourself whenever possible. Don’t know how you say? Buy a book and learn! The more skills you acquire, the more valuable you are, and the more worth you build. The best part of all is you don’t have to rely on others for your success!
I feel that I’ve got where I am today by being persistent and never giving up. At one point I went fully mobile to keep the business going as, during that time, I couldn’t afford the $1K – $2K a month for a storefront.
You need to realize that you’re not going to get any recognition until you’ve put in the work, and that you’ll likely have zero help, until you’re successful. It took me nearly 18 years to get where I am today. And now it feels like everyone discovered me all at once.
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?
If someone was visiting San Bernardino I would take them to The Green Shack for lunch. They have the best sandwiches. We would go to Dairy Queen for Ice Cream. I love getting a Blizzard on a hot day.
I would then take them to the arcade that evening to play some coin-op arcade classics. Then the last stop for the night would be the bowling alley. We would throw a few frames and have a couple of White Russians to end the night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to persistence and the first book about business that I ever purchased. The book is named “How to run a thriving business” and is written by Ralph Warner.
That book is worth its weigh in gold! I learned a great deal from the contents of the book. One of the lessons I learned from that book makes me thousands!
Whatever skill you’re wanting to do, whatever you want to start or build or launch, there are books out there to guide you. Instead of watching TV, try picking up a book! And most of all, remain persistent in your pursuit. Don’t back off until you’ve met your goals!