Every company thinks they’re prepared until something comes along that makes them consider how prepared they truly are.
I have been an entrepreneur my entire life, and I’ve never seen anything like the potential impact of the coronavirus global pandemic. I vividly remember fearing for my life during the attacks of September 11th. I remember the mass financial uncertainty that came with the housing crash of 2008. But the global impact of the coronavirus, as quickly as it has spread, is unlike any other event I’ve witnessed in my life.
And I know I’m not alone.Continue reading
Everyone knows the incredible feeling of waking up early and getting a jump start on the day.
It might be difficult to get yourself out of bed, but as soon as you’re up, and you start to get going, you realize just how much you can get done before everyone else is awake. There’s something motivating about knowing that by the time the rest of the world is racing to work, you’ve already gone to the gym, or read the morning paper, or cranked through your inbox and are at the office with a cup of coffee.
Especially if you’re an entrepreneur, your morning routine will dictate a large amount of your success. This is a big theme of mine in my book, All In. Entrepreneurship is all about routine, discipline, and consistency—and if you can practice those habits on a regular basis, morning after morning, you’re far more likely to be successful over the long term.
I’ve spent my entire business career honing my own morning routine. And here are the 3 habits I’ve found that have made me a much more effective entrepreneur.Continue reading
I have been building businesses my entire life.
From the time I was a little kid, I was always looking for ways to make a little extra money. I ended up starting my first business in high school, selling plumbing supplies at the local flea market.
Fast-forward twenty years, and my flea market business had turned into a publicly traded company doing more than $600 million in revenue and employing more than 2,300 people with 60 distribution centers across the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 1999 Forbes named our company, Wilmar, “one of the 200 best small companies in America.”