Do all the good you can, to every person you can, in every way you can, as long as you ever can, because you only pass this way but once.

January 28, 2021
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This quote comes from John Wesley

Most organization charts have a guy at the top, and there’s a pyramid beneath him going down. Around ten or twelve years ago, I realized that the pyramid here had been inverted. Instead of me being on the top, I was on the bottom, and everyone else was on top. I now assume that I work for the employees. We grew as a business to the point where basically I’m working for them. I know they think they are working for me, but that’s not how I see it.

January 26, 2021
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Given my lack of formal education, the one factor that has contributed the most to my development as a CEO is that I’m not a quitter when faced with a challenge. I simply refuse to back down.

January 26, 2021
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Most entrepreneurs get stuck because they never learn to think like an owner. When you only think as a CEO or manager you always think of the business first. As a result, you become a slave to it. I learned early in my career that my business should serve my life, not run it, and that has made a huge difference in how my career has unfolded.

January 26, 2021
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Part of our strategic plan calls for having fun, and I think that has to be an essential component of work, no matter what you do.

January 26, 2021
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You don’t get any second opportunities with your family. You get second chances in the business, but you don’t realize it while you’re in the middle of putting out all the fires.

January 26, 2021
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I’ve tried to avoid making decisions that I didn’t believe in my gut were the right thing to do – morally, financially, emotionally, or whatever.

January 26, 2021
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I’ve walked away from business that I felt wasn’t right or might hurt me financially and served relationships that had the potential for more harm than good. To a large extent, I think my ability to trust my gut, to instinctively know what is right and good and true, has helped me get to where…

…learning to delegate and hire people more talented than myself who can get the job done.

January 24, 2021
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Like many young entrepreneurs, when I first took over the company, I tended to use the “command-and-control” style of leadership. You can get results that way, but doesn’t do much for your own personal growth or those around you.

How I act in those moments sends a very powerful message to everyone else in my company.

January 24, 2021
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I realized I had been telling myself that it was okay to be miserable now, because in a few months, I’d be through all this.

January 23, 2021
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But that wasn’t good enough. I didn’t want to do that. What I needed to do was enjoy every day, because every day is precious. It all just hit me so hard. It was clear that I needed a major attitude adjustment more than anything else. All of these issues still exist, but I’m not…