Every business has its story. A story of survival. A story of struggle. A story of overcoming. The latter is the production from the former two. Success of any business becomes more invigorating when we stay close to the foundations of creation. Those very basic cores, that we were nourished in as children. That play world of sharing, caring, adventure, and exploration are one of the ideals-a laughter of the Universe. Much of it is part of the phenomenon of understanding that possibilities start in the rudimentary.
After we enter into the world of adulthood, the majority leave that realm of “kid’s stuff” behind. Hypothetically, it is over and done. There’s no need to return there. After all, it’s in the past. Then, there are those, who summon in the excellence of child wonder and play into the business realm. From there, it continues to flourish. Hopping around into different facets of the corporate powerhouse. Consistently rejuvenating and re-innovating itself, in order to bless the current, and future, offspring of children and childhood “frivolities.” From this angle, it truly pays to stay closer to that foundation of. . . just being a kid.
When we examine the life and business journey of one man, we are presented with humble beginnings, in appreciating the commonalities of humanity. A best-selling author of One Million Frogs and The Entrepreneur’s Book of Actions: Essential Daily Exercises For Becoming Wealthier, Smarter, and More Successful-a global speaker along the names of Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman, Steve Case (Founder of AOL), and former U.S. President Barak Obama-this businessman of action is hopping business sense across the globe. Featured in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal-not to mention a contributor for Forbes, CNBC, and of course. . .Thrive Global; named “Best Small Business Coach in the US” (2018), the pen continues to be a weapon in sharing a people-friendly and action-packed vibe for business knowledge and the action of business. Should we say more? Presenting. . .
RHETT POWER, Co-Founder of Wild Creations, and currently CEO of POWER Coaching and Consulting Group,
and how his travels made him, ready for action!
Lauren K. Clark: Looking back into your childhood, could you recognize any hints or clues, that would suggests you would go into entrepreneurship?
Rhett Power: I started a business in college to help pay for the things I needed. I would take people on canoe and kayak trips on the weekends down some of the local rivers and rapids. I loved that a couple of years. That should have been the first clue, that I should have just kept going as an entrepreneur. I ended up torturing myself for another 15 years working for others before I broke free and co-founded Wild Creations. I have to give my parents lots of credit. They made me work hard for the things I wanted. That was a valuable lesson that got me through the tough times in business.
“You develop authentic relationships with others, and life is more meaningful and richer.”
Lauren K. Clark: You and Mrs. Power have had a strong foundation in the Peace Corp-your wife’s background as a high school educator, and your work of business development in Kazakhstan. How have these experiences helped to develop the humanity, that you bring to the business world?
Rhett Power: The Peace Corps was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. It taught me so much about myself and how important it is to live your life in service to others. When you live life like this, you open your mind and heart to experiences that you can’t have, otherwise. You develop authentic relationships with others, and life is more meaningful and richer. That is how I try to do business, and it’s how I live life now.
Lauren K. Clark: In examining your book, One Million Frogs: Lessons About Entrepreneurship Learned the Hard Way, you highlight leaving the comforts of an office job, financial security, a steady paycheck to fulfilling your dreams. No regrets. And when that time comes, knowing that you have lived your life, to the fullest. You have already highlighted this in your book. However, outside of the entrepreneur world, in general, what do you think are the three major fears, preventing people from living their life?
Rhett Power: I think all people have a desire for security. So, taking big risks is hard to get your mind to accept. The second fear is social pressure. People are afraid of what other people will think. The third is living with failure. None of us like to fail. Living with that potential for failure paralyzes some people.
Lauren K. Clark: As the Co-founder of Wild Creations, what would you say are the five main stressors facing today’s entrepreneur?
Rhett Power: We sold Wild Creations in 2013. Since then, I have run Power Coaching and Consulting, which works with startup and mid-stage entrepreneurs. Working with many entrepreneurs over the years, I see several similar stressors with most of them.
- Money and funding
- Talent and Managing People
- Maintaining Control
- Work-Life Balance
Lauren K. Clark: How have your travels in Kazakhstan, Panama, and others taught you certain principles of business sense, which one can not learn in school?
Rhett Power: I have lived in 9 countries and traveled to over 60. It has taught me to be open-minded and patient. The patience part is a significant weakness of mine, and something I have to work on every day. Travel can be frustrating. Learning control when things don’t go right has served me well, so many times in business.
Lauren K. Clark: When you stand from afar, and examine the wonders, energies, and processes of Wild Creations, how do you observe and describe the presence and aesthetics of your family in all of this?
Rhett Power: I didn’t do a great job managing my time, and my family responsibilities, early on as an entrepreneur. I have grown and learned to do that better, now. I love to work. So, I have to remind myself daily as to what is more important. I know my values and now and I try to make sure to be present. My family won’t remember my work. They will remember me being there and being present.
“For me, I love water. Nothing restores me more than the ocean. I love to sail and dive and just about anything else on the water. But even a short walk on the beach, or just sitting in the sand does it for me. ”
Lauren K. Clark: In creating your toy company, Wild Creations, a lot of imagination has gone into this. How has the creative intelligence of children, and that world of childhood genius, empowered you to develop designs, shapes, and ideas for your products?
Rhett Power: The toy business was fun and challenging, but not easy. We just created products and licensed products that we liked. That was our guiding principle. It had to make sense from a financial perspective. Of course, but it had to be fun. We had to enjoy playing with it ourselves. We are just big kids, so that helped.
Lauren K. Clark: During those times when you have felt stressed, overworked, or uncertain, where do you go to re-store your energy? How do these spaces and symbols of childhood assist you in that restoration? Have you ever gone through a mental hiatus of where you first started?
Rhett Power: I think we all have to take a mental break from time to time. If you don’t, it’s so easy to get burned out, which is much harder to recover from. For me, I love water. Nothing restores me more than the ocean. I love to sail and dive and just about anything else on the water. But even a short walk on the beach, or just sitting in the sand does it for me. If you are in tune with yourself, you know when you need that break. Don’t ignore it.
Lauren K. Clark: When we look at frogs, and the behavior of frogs, we have the following characteristics: being near water, hunting at night, a myriad and variety of communication sounds, and using nature to catch food. How would you say that these characteristics are metaphors for new ways that businesses, and the corporate world, can be run?
Rhett Power: I don’t know if nature is a good metaphor for business. Maybe it is in some ways. The natural world is brutal because it’s about survival. I don’t want to be that way in business. I believe our customers are going to demand that we are more socially conscious in the way we conduct business. There are businesses I don’t shop in, or do business with, because of what the owner stands for, or things they have done.
Lauren K. Clark: In your Forbes article, “The Best Books To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing,” you combine the literary world with the business realm. If you could choose one fictional book, that would be the blueprint for a business plan, what would it be? How so?
Rhett Power: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, inspires you to chase your dreams and have faith that they will come true. The book is important because it gives you a blueprint for success. The book is about a boy’s journey and his willingness to give up all of his possessions and his security to achieve his dreams. If you aren’t willing to do that, entrepreneurship is going to be painful.
Lauren K. Clark: If you were to teach Business 101, from a child’s point of view, using the vocabulary of children, and their imaginary play worlds, how would you describe it?
- Play Nice
- Be Honest
- Say Thank You
- Take Recess Everyday (Play)
- Eat Your Veggies
Lauren K. Clark: Regarding your position in the business world, and in philanthropic endeavors, what textures of fabric would you use, which describes how you maintain mental and emotional peace and stability in the business world?
Rhett Power: I work with people I like and respect, and want to spend time with. I work with people who make me better. Colin Powell said, “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.” If I do business and associate with people that make me better, and are positive to be around, I don’t have to worry about maintaining mental and emotional peace.
Well, nature truly has it’s place. Humanity has it’s place in business. A business fashion, which serves to create and sustain the whole concept of life. It also designs a creative space of business. People are simply allowed to be themselves. Bring their unique experiences to the table of business. Experiences, which no book can teach you. Unless, its the book of life. Life truly has it’s teachings, and can be brought into any domain. And, yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, that includes the corporate world.
Businessmen, life coaches, and international, business speakers, like Rhett Power, are a special group. Truly performing in the magic of one’s own development, knowledge gained from it all, and allowing it to serve as the foundation of being a strong and compassionate player, in the business world. Business defiantly becomes more loving when an appreciation of the human Spirit is involved. Somehow, transforming itself into a form of poetry or love letter to the world. A letter of wanting to give, and share, with others, what one have experienced for self.
Having a sparkling and glittery dynamic of blowing one’s glitter dust all over the world; for humanity to improve in their economics, business design, and structure. It’s a dynamic form of spiritual, business gardens. Using personal knowledge as seeds to plant into the different soiling of the Earth’s sculptures. Stepping back to observe how fellow, business farmers tend to the crops, birthed from those seeds. And, once the harvest has come, you continue to pat yourself on the back, knowing that you shared healthy seeds with others. The same seeds that you would use for your own garden. Watering it with ongoing wisdom, until they bloom into a fruitful business, based on human compassion. . . and Love.