The developed world has become a world of comfort seekers. Not only are people seeking comfort, they are very aggressive about it. If they find someone seeking after their goals which are much more than just working a regular job for minimum wage, then they are likely to jump on that person and do everything they can to discourage and quench that drive in him. This can be a source of fear in a lot of actual achievers. One thing that can be frustrating about this for people who are working towards some higher goal is that they often do not expect to have to fight for their goals.
For these people, the best thing is to listen to Vijay Eswaran. He has a lot of insight about starting a business and bringing forth a successful business. The only thing is that they have to fight through the comfort seekers. It also helps to understand these comfort seekers.
One thing about comfort seekers is that they are one of the people who avoid fear. They view the world from the lens that makes fear something to avoid. These people do not understand that fear can be excitement in disguise like Vijay Eswaran suggests. Another thing is that some comfort seekers may have jealousy or envy towards the achiever because the achiever has something that the comfort seeker feels he himself lacks. This is the drive to do something. The comfort seeker will chase after the achiever under the guise of wanting to help and wanting a good life for the achiever. However, there is a deep seated fear that the achiever might accomplish something amazing. and that will somehow be a detriment to the comfort seeker.
This is only one of many possibilities. One thing that people are going to have to do when they go for their goals is risk the disapproval of comfort seekers. After all, the life of the comfort seeker has nothing to do with the life of the achiever. Vijay Eswaran has come to understand that as he moved towards his goals of being a successful business owner.
The RealReal is a luxury consignment store based out of New York City. After her divorce, the founder, Julie Wainwright, new that if she wanted to be successful, she was going to have to take action. She was inspired by a friend who was constantly on the hunt for luxury items to purchase from secondhand stores. This is where Wainwright got the idea for The RealReal and launched the business in 2011.
Despite making over $170 million in the first seven years of business, Wainwright is currently pitching to investors in an attempt to raise $100 million dollars in new funding. Some may wonder why the company needs these additional funds. One reason could be that the company isn’t yet on the monetary scale that appeals to public-market investors. Or, perhaps the company needs to prove that in the long-term it can be a standalone business. And still, perhaps the increased funding proves that The RealReal, and its current investors, have realized that the market for secondhand luxury items is a bigger opportunity than they originally thought.
The RealReal has a unique business model that was revolutionary at the time of development. Sellers, people who have luxury items they no longer use, ship their items to The RealReal. The item then goes through an authenticity process to ensure it is real and not a knockoff. After the item has been deemed authentic, the item is placed for sell in The RealReal store and/or on their website. Once the item has sold, the proceeds are Split between The RealReal and the original seller.
It used to be the case that luxury brands looked at The RealReal as competition, as the enemy. However, as it turns out, the company actually drives sales up. For example, the parent company to Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, Kering, provided the information that after sellers have sold their luxury item through The RealReal, they go on to buy another item from the same brand they sold, driving sales up.
The number of candidates running for Congress in the 2018 midterm election who have pledged to take no PAC money or big money from corporations are not many — but they are a significant and growing wave that may be critical to the future of America.
Getting these candidates elected is the driving goal of a grassroots political group that has vowed to reform the badly broken U.S. campaign finance system. End Citizens United was formed in 2015. It’s a different kind of PAC — one that rejects major donations from cash-bloated corporations or greedy billionaires.
End Citizens United has identified key candidates who support the mission of getting Big Money and Dark Money out of politics. The group has raised $35 million in small donations (average just $14 each) from individual American citizens. It uses that money to financially bolster the campaigns of candidates they endorse.
One of those endorsements includes Andy Kim who is running for Congress in new Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Kim is a Rhodes Scholar and former diplomat under the Obama Administration. He holds a doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University. He was born and raised in New Jersey.
Kim has sworn off taking any big donations from PACs or any other special interests. Campaign finance reform is a central element of his political motivation for seeking a seat in Congress.
Another significant End Citizens United endorsement is for former CIA agent Elissa Slotkin. She’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District. She is facing off against incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop. Bishop has been named to End Citizen United’s infamous “Big Money 20” list — politicians who have displayed the most egregious history of flouting campaign finance rules and taking big cash in exchange for influence.
A race with huge national implications is that for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, currently held by Sen. Ted Cruz, also one of the Big Money 20.
Running against Cruz is Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat currently serving as Congressman for the Texas 16th District. O’Rourke has a sterling record of running clean campaigns free of corporate cash and other interests. Sen. Cruz, on the other hand, is so connected with wealthy corporations and special interest groups, such as the NRA, it’s difficult to know who he truly represents.
End Citizens United has endorsed dozens of other candidates in races across the nation. Who they have endorsed and the Big Money 20 list are posted on their website, http://endcitizensunited.org.
When Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in the 70’s (formerly known as Otto & Sons) he came in with a plan and ideas. With a background in business and banking, his ideas were to expand and grow the business; and that’s exactly what he did. What was a small wholesale meat company became a worldwide leader in food processing thanks to his skills and ambition.
In 1909, what would become OSI was only a small neighborhood butcher shop and market. By 1928, the business had expanded into wholesale and the company became Otto & Sons. Its first breakthrough came in 1955 when McDonald’s became a franchise and chose the meat company as one of its main suppliers. As Otto & Sons grew, in 1973 the company eventually opened a plant dedicated to only producing meat patties and became an exclusive supplier for McDonald’s.
In 1975 the name was changed to OSI Industries and it shared its success with McDonald’s as the franchise expanded dramatically—thus needing more product. It was also during this time that Sheldon Lavin became a partner of the company and saw its potential. He began to push further for more expansion and steered it in the direction to success. Between the 80’s and 90’s OSI quickly expanded all over the world and began opening more plants in the U.S. as well.
Further expansion and Acquisitions
In the 2000’s and through Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI acquired a produce venture in China. This business would push the company in a different direction, further than only being involved in meat products. From 2014 to 2016 the company continued to acquire more food plants and became involved in many joint ventures as well. The most recent and notable of acquisitions was an Illinois Tyson plant with a footprint of nearly 38 square miles. The massive plant was purchased for over $7 million dollars in 2016.
Sheldon Lavin and his drive
Sheldon’s drive for expansion didn’t come suddenly. As an investor and banker, his aspire to grow the company came almost naturally. When he began at OSI, he came in as a third owner; the other two parts belonging to the brothers who originally owned it. His leverage increased when one of the brothers sold his part to Lavin. At this time Lavin became 50% owner and had full suggestion privileges. These privileges allowed him to steer the company into unimaginable expansion and turn it into what it is now.
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