an interview with a ceo (aka my dad) about finding your passion in life

Hi guys. So, I thought it would be fun idea (right near Father’s Day) to interview my dad and launch a new section of the blog about jobs / career tips. For me, the hardest thing about leaving college was getting it together aka finding the time to review job options, reach out to potential companies, update my resume, and the biggest thing of all- figure out what the heck I wanted to do. Because there are a lot of options. My dad is a CEO… he started several of his own successful companies and put himself through college. I went to him for help right out of college and I still do now. But I figured if there’s anyone who has some good tips to share… it’s him. Take a look at the Q+A and comment below any of your favorite tips that haven’t been mentioned.

Newspaper with tablet on table

  • What do you think are some of your favorite tips to manage your time well?
    • Most people think that using calendar in their outlook or smart phone will automatically make them more efficient.  While there are many tool and apps that will help you get organized the only thing that improves time management is a healthy dose of discipline.  Once you have discipline, everything else falls in place.  In order to be more disciplined, you need to break old habits and create new ones.
  • Getting sidetracked is a big thing for me… how do you avoid getting distracted when you’re working?
    • Try to avoid as many distractions as you can.  For example, if you have an office with a candy jar and lots of magazines, you are essentially inviting co-workers to come and stay a while.  Turn off the TV and anything else with video.  Focus on what is in front of you.  Don’t be afraid to tell others that now is not a good time to talk.
  •  What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten for starting your own company and succeeding?
    • Be prepared to work harder than ever before and know that the rewards will eventually be far greater.  Working in the corporate world can be challenging (we all did it) but working  for yourself means being available 24/7.  The funny thing is when it’s your company, somehow you never mind those late nights.  In the end, it all seems worth it.
  • What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
    • I love to play some golf with my friends or just spend some quite time on the river.  There is something about that peace and tranquility. But my absolute favorite thing is traveling. I enjoy learning about different cultures.  Italy is my favorite go to place.
  • What is your advice for people who currently dislike their job?
    • There are only three options to consider.  First, if you are unfulfilled, what can change about your job to put you back in the right frame of mind.  Second, if you can’t find happiness in your current job, explore the possibilities of moving to another role in your company.  Third, if the first two options don’t work, find your passion at another company.  Change is necessary at times.  People often find out that they need to move on.  The key is to take action.  We all deserve to be happy.
  • How do you deal with work and time management on vacations or days off
    • Owning your own business means almost never shutting it off.  The key is to hire a great staff that gives you the confidence to let go.  Then you can relax knowing what you left behind is in good hands.
  • How could someone become ambitious if they are not naturally that way?
    • In the end it is all about passion and everyone can find something they are passionate about.  Find that passion and you will love what you do.  You most likely will excel at it as well.
  • What was one thing about your career or future that your parents taught you?
    • Work hard and make every day complete.  In my case that means returning all emails and messages, closing loose ends and ending the day on a good note so the next day starts fresh.  Procrastination is a huge negative when it comes to trying to maximize efficiency.
  • How do you know when something (a job, a relationship) is the right fit?
    • Hiring the next great employee starts with summarizing the relevant competencies for the job.  Then you need to determine who matches those competencies the best.  Hiring has nothing to do with an impressive resume or 10 years of experience.  That means nothing to me.  Show me someone who shows passion and fills the job specs and I will show you the next outstanding employee. Companies get it wrong over 50% of the time today because they base decisions on first impressions and gut instincts.  While they count for something, you can’t possibility base a decision with long term implications on this alone.  Whether it’s a job or relationships, the same principles apply.
  • What is the best thing about your job(s)?
    • The challenge of knowing that no two days are alike and what am I going to do today to make a difference.
  • What is your favorite place to travel?
    • The Amalfi Coast in Italy.  Talk about paradise.
  • What is something you’ve learned from me?
    • Wow, that’s a different question.  Hmmmm.  You show me every day of your life how determination can pay off.  Whether it’s through your work outs, passion in the kitchen or hard work, I admire how you keep going.
  • What is the most important thing to have or to start doing when you are in your early 20’s?
    • Start to carve out a career path.  We all need to explore a bit until we find our passion.  That’s what everyone should do early in life.  Experiment a bit but when you find your passion, keep going.  You will be amazed at the success you find.
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Me and my dad last Father’s Day 🙂




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