A group of MBA students from Brenau University toured several of my companies yesterday. According to Dr. Bill Lightfoot, Dean of the College of Business and Mass Communications, our vertically integrated family of companies are something of a rarity in our area, so the students were excited to see firsthand what we do in our manufacturing facility, wholesale distribution company and retail location.
Dr. Lightfoot asked me to share why I have built the various companies I have over the years and I explained that they all grew organically out of a desire to make the world a healthier place. Thinking about his question later, I saw that much of our success could be traced back to a unity and consistency of purpose. I realize now, more fully than ever, that as an entrepreneur you have to be rooted – deeply rooted – in a well-articulated purpose if you are to weather the inevitable storms which come your way.
I hope that the students enjoyed themselves and that the visit kindled new thoughts about their future careers. For me, the time we spent together strengthened my resolve to fulfill my life purpose. Thank you, Dr. Lightfoot et al!