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4 Lessons I learned From My Father

Ben PatrickMy father was a pretty typical first generation business owner.  He worked very hard, was a tough taskmaster both at work and at home and spoke his mind in a very forceful manner. 

Sometimes this manner was so overpowering that those around him wanted to hide.  At the same time his rants usually had more than a little bit of truth in them.

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Topics: mission vision values and goals, lessons learned, Elders role in business, Mission statement, estate planning

4 Things An Early Mentor Taught Me

MentorI’ve been a big fan of mentors, coaches and elders for a long time.  I recently started thinking about the lessons I learned from one of my first mentors, Shields Harvey back when I first got into the vending business in 1977.

I was at an early financial controls seminar put together by Shields and sponsored by the National Vending Association.  At that time I was 25 years old and thought I knew everything there was to know about anything.  The real problem was I knew nothing about everything, and was really arrogant about my lack of knowledge.

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Topics: mission vision values and goals, enterprise value, mission, lessons learned, Mentor

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