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These 5 Entrepreneurs Prove That Success Comes At Any Age

These 5 Entrepreneurs Prove That Success Comes At Any Age

We live at a time when becoming successful requires you to be young and under 30. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in starting out early. But success as an entrepreneur doesn’t have to imply that you are in your 20s. Actually you can become what you want to be at any age as certain examples have shown us in the past. Here are some successful entrepreneurs that became successful in their different ventures way above the age of 30, and it didn’t stop them from becoming famous and acknowledged for their innovative accomplishments.

Ray Kroc, McDonald’s

“The definition of salesmanship is the gentle art of letting the customer have it your way.”-Ray Kroc

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During his teenage years Kroc took a job as Lily-Tulip Cup Co. His stint in the company saw him emerge as the company’s top salesperson. However he went on to obtain exclusive marketing rights to a milkshake mixing machine called the Multimixer. By the time he approached the age 50 sales of the milkshake device started to drop. There was however one small restaurant that ordered eight machines. Kroc went out to discover what kind of restaurant would need to churn out 40 milk shakes at a time. This was how he stumbled on McDonald’s a restaurant owned by Dick and Mac McDonald. He bought McDonald’s at the age of 52 and turned it into the world’s biggest fast-food franchise.

Wally Blume, Denali Flavors

“The goal of our business is to fund the gospel.” – Wally Blume

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Wally Blume had spent 20 years in the diary business before he decided to venture out and start his own business in 1995, Denali Flavors. By 2009 Denali Flavors was making 80 million dollars in revenue. What is interesting to know is that Wally Blume was 57 years old when he decided to start his business and to make it a success.

Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

“Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.” ― Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington is the editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post. She is also the author of 14 books. She started the Huffington Post in 2005 at the age of 55. She was able to run the company successfully to the point where she sold it to AOL for more than $300 million while still being retained as the editor-in-chief of the organization.

Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken

You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see? – Colonel Sanders

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Popularly known as Colonel Sanders and the face behind Kentucky Fried Chicken, started his career as a restaurateur when he was 62. He had worked as a fireman, at gas stations and as an insurance sales man. Later on, he found fulfillment in serving his beloved chicken dishes. He had started out trading his cooking skills for free rent. However it didn’t take long for news about his incredible chicken to spread.

Wally Amos, Famous Amos Cookies

“Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, then pretty soon you get it.”  ― Wally Amos

Wally Amos had worked in the New York City mailroom and became a music agent and manager of stars such as Mavin Gaye and the Supremes before starting his company Famous Amos cookies. Making cookies was something he found fulfillment in doing and the opportunity to start this venture only happened after he was loaned $25, 000. He opened his first bakery just when he was about to turn 40 and within five years he was making about $12 million per year.

Featured photo credit: 05-23-2012 Arianna Huffington @ C2-MTL © CHARLES WILLIAM PELLETIER / C2 Montréal via flickr.com

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Published on November 12, 2020

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

  • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
  • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
  • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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Final Thoughts

If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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