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.
I’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.