Hargis1 copyIn 2015, Michael Hargis had no sense of direction with regard to a career. He was a member of Lamar’s football team but knew that it would only take him oh so far.

“An athlete is only one play away from a career ending injury, and I knew that my football career can be taken away from me at any moment,” he said.

With that in mind, Hargis, who graduated with business degree in 2015 and is currently working on a master’s in business administration, started “PROFIT,” a clothing line.

“PROFIT means more than its dictionary definition of making a financial gain,” he said. “PROFIT is an acronym which stands for Promote, Recognize, Flexibility, Integrity and Transformation.

“PROFIT for me is a way of life. I realized that to be successful you have to promote whatever it is that inspires you. I didn’t want to go the street route of drug dealing, as those I grew up with in Austin. I wanted to make a legitimate ‘PROFIT.’”

Hargis said sometimes, in life, one has to recognize an opportunity.

“For me, that was clothing,” he said. “I have always had a passion for fashion. I have spent thousands of dollars in buying designer clothing,  until one day I thought to myself, ‘Why not wear on your own clothing?’ I recognized (it) could be a gateway out of my inner city neighborhood.”

Hargis said that one must be flexible when starting a company.

“You never know what may come your way in life, which is why you have to be flexible when obstacles appear,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many times I had to be flexible when creating PROFIT, especially managing school and football.”

Hargis said he maintains it all by being a man of integrity.

“It doesn’t matter what it is you go through in life or experience,” he said “As long as you maintain being honest and have strong moral principles, you will be successful in life.”

The T stands for transformation, and Hargis said that is what PROFIT is all about.

“I want the everyday person to have sense of transformation with my clothing line,” he said. “It’s bigger than just fashion. When one wears my hats or shirts, I want them to feel and think differently. I want them to think globally. If a guy from the inner city of Austin can make nothing into something, so can you.”

In addition to the clothing line, Hargis hosts PROFIT night, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., every Wednesday at Kampus Korner, where like-minded individuals can get together to network and relax after a long day of school or work, he said.

While Hargis is working hard and looking forward to graduating in December.

“I am just enjoying the process,” he said.

For more information, visit profitglobal2.com.

Rashamir Sims

UP contributor

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