About twenty years ago, I was sitting in a benefits meeting at work. The speaker was explaining our new life insurance policy and closed with a time for questions.
The woman next to me raised her hand and asked, “While this life insurance policy cover me if I’m killed while in the act of committing a felony?”
My eyebrows when up and all sorts of stuff was running through my mind. I was wondering what does she normally do during her off time.
That was the strangest question I have ever heard during a business meeting.
Jason Navallo interviews various industry leaders for his book American Dream. My favorite quotes from the book are:
I believe luck is a big factor and rarely acknowledged to the extent it should be. I’ve also encountered a lot of people who were born on third base, and they believe they’ve hit a home run. – Peter Mallouk
Purpose enables us to see adversity as a learning opportunity rather than a loss. – Ben Caballero
Serve with passion. Do the right thing. Do what you say you’re going to do. And make it great. – Shelly Sun
Treat people with respect, regardless of their position. – Scott Gerber
The most common mistake entrepreneurs make is expecting success to be a given or to happen overnight. Setting achievable goals and continually reevaluating and setting new ones, once those are met, is very important when starting and building a new business. – Liz Elting
Oscar Mayer was originally from Bavaria. He moved to America when he was 14 years old. Oscar Mayer worked in Detroit as a butcher boy. After moving to Chicago, he started working in retail. Oscar Mayer, opened his first shop in 1883 and his products quickly became an American staple.
Jimmy Dean was a popular singer and actor in the 1950s and 1960s. He partnered with his brother Don and started a hog farm business in Plainview, TX. The brothers sold sausage to a local diner and their business quickly morphed into the largest supplier of sausage in America.
Hector Boiardi was born in Italy. He moved to American in 1914. Hector worked at the Plaza Hotel, and eventually he became the head chef. He was a caterer for the rich and famous, to include President Woodrow Wilson. Hector opened his first Italian restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Later in life, he created the Chef Boyardee brand.