Have you ever asked for a recommendation for something, like an electrician, a mechanic, an accountant or something else, only to get a response from a friend who says, “I know a guy.” Perhaps you’re the one who knows a guy and have recommended someone’s services to someone else.
Recently, I was meeting with my friend Vince, a Young Professional who shared a funny story.
Vince was manning an informational table at church with another Young Adult named Wyat, whom he didn’t know. They started talking about the challenges they were facing in this post-college, single phase of life.
“It seems as if most churches are geared more towards families”, one of them said.
“True. Young Adults like us are often overlooked and under-served”, the other remarked.
“There is this one guy I know though, who seems to care about Young adults and has really helped me out.”
“Wait. You know a guy? I know a guy too. Who’s your guy? My guy is named Dave Lowe.”
“Dude…that’s my guy too! How do you know Dave?”
Scene from Ocean’s 11: “You know a guy?”
I love this story for many reasons.
First, it confirms the unique challenges Young Professionals experience as they seek to find spiritual resources and mentors to help them navigate the unique challenges they face.
Secondly, it shows the amazing power of networking, as I met both Vince and Wyat through a common connection they both had, though they didn’t actually know each other.
Third, it’s fun being thought of as “the guy” who cares about and ministers to the unique challenges of Young Adults. Actually, that is what we’re hoping for and trusting God to develop in our ministry.
I was introduced to Vince last year through a mutual connection. When we met, I learned that Vince is from New York and received an appointment to West Point but opted instead to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received a degree in engineering. After working a few years for a big engineering firm, Vince decided to step out in faith to pursue his real passion, helping high schoolers succeed academically.
It turns out Vince is highly skilled at teaching young people just about any STEM subject you can imagine. He not only helps high schoolers improve in the classroom, but Vince is also proficient in helping teens boost their standardized test scores and navigate University Admissions processes.
Starting your own tutoring business can be extremely rewarding emotionally, but difficult financially. This is especially true for Vince, who not only supports himself, but is the sole provider for his mother.
Like any startup, increasing your client base and getting the word out is always a challenge.
Saul Goodman (from Breaking Bad): “Let’s just say I know a guy who knows a guy…..who knows another guy.”
Not long ago, I saw someone post on Nextdoor that they needed a recommendation for a tutor for their daughter, who was struggling in her Physics course. I was able to respond, “I know a guy”…and I shared Vince’s information.
When I met Vince, after sharing his humorous story about his interaction with Wyat, he thanked me for connecting me with the person from Nextdoor. He’s been tutoring this young woman and her understanding and test results have improved dramatically.
So if you find someone who needs help academically, you can say, “I know a guy” (firstname.lastname@example.org), or as Saul Goodman from the show Breaking Bad famously said, “I know a guy who knows a guy…”
And if you know a Young Adult who needs coaching or spiritual mentoring, you definitely “know a guy….and a gal.”
Please pray for Vince as he trusts the Lord to provide for his needs by growing his business, and pray for us as we seek to continue to serve the needs of Young Professionals in Orange County and beyond.