If you want to learn something valuable for the business world, take it from someone who has not only been successful in business, but who has learned what he knows from the greatest number of industries. This week, we've got your man! Dick Franklin has dabbled in everything from law enforcement, to the beverage industry to promoting clean tech enterprise. Along with raising world-class Olympic swimming gold medalist, Missy Franklin, he knows a thing or two about success.
Franklin has worked for Coors, the 7-UP Corporation, Reebok and other name brands, all of which met with exposure to big name celebrities. Someone like Dick Franklin doesn't see these simply as impressive elbow-rubbing events, but opportunities to learn from others who are great in their own right. One example is a young Wayne Gretzky, whose inexplicable skill on the ice left Franklin confused. He's not the fastest hockey player, not the most agile, not an enforcer... what made seventeen-year-old Gretzky such a star? "Well mister Franklin," Gretzky replied, "I think it's because I skate to where the puck is going to be."
That lesson of knowing how to be steps ahead of everyone else carried with Dick Franklin. Today, as the Executive Director of the Clean Tech Open, he helps enterprising, clean tech start-ups head toward commercialization of their products.
Franklin also subscribes to the 10,000 hour rule, as explained by Malcolm Gladwell, which explains, in order to be successful at something, ten thousand hours of work and dedication must be devoted to that endeavor. It's true for athletes, entrepreneurs and business people alike. To learn more from Dick Franklin's wisdom, Listen Saturday at 1:00 AM on KNUS 710.
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