13-Year-Old Bow Tie Entrepreneur Moziah Bridges Steals Show at 2015 NBA Draft

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJune 26, 2015

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If you watched Moziah Bridges' brief segment during the NBA draft Thursday night, there's a good chance you immediately went to a mirror and started asking yourself some hard questions.

Of course, this is the only natural reaction to this young man's story. A 13-year-old who started a bow tie business at the age of nine, Mo has since built a $200,000-a-year apparel company specializing in handmade neckties. 

All the bow ties worn by players at the 2015 NBA draft? Those are Mo's. He designed them, and it's possible the young Shark Tank entrepreneur might've even made them himself.

Mo gave ESPN an interview between draft announcements. If his resume doesn't make you feel vaguely inadequate, you're not paying attention.

But once we got past our threatened sense of self-worth, Mo became the MVP:

Biggie @Biggs_Life

The most impressive person at the #NBADraft so far is the 13 year old kid with a bow tie business making 200K a year. #Impressive.

Kellie C. Murphy @KCMJournalist

I love the bow tie kid! #NBAdraft2015

Bryson Collins @Bcollins276

Okay and that kid is 13 and started a bow tie company.....seriously what am I doing...

Dan Carson @TheDoctorCarson

13 years old. $200k a year biz. [locks door] [curls into ball] http://t.co/B2y4qpG1mw

Marcus H. Johnson @marcushjohnson

Good for the little bow tie kid! Entrepreneurship is great at all ages

Lefty Gauge Webster @joshdutcher

That bow tie kid is a baller. #NBADraft

Dads On Sports @DadsOnSports

This Bow Tie kid has definitely already achieved more than I will ever in my entire life. #NBADraft

Here's Mo's story, as told on his business' professionally manicured website:

Mo's Bows is a company I started in Memphis, TN in 2011 when I was just 9 years old. I couldn't find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny's scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place. 

It started with grandma's fabric, now we're here. Go forth and flourish, young man.

Dan is on Twitter. His childhood lemonade stand netted a strong 20,000 pennies per annum.


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