Get ready to pop the champagne… 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) is celebrating their 18th anniversary! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only half of all businesses will survive five years, and only one-third will survive ten years. This is why the 18th anniversary of 600 Global is so impressive. They have defied all odds and continued to thrive, despite a down economy, since the late 90s. We had the chance to pick the brain of the entrepreneur behind their success… take a look!
Our conversation with Michael began by learning about his career path and we found out that he actually began his career in the finance industry. In a world where people are being laid off due to ongoing downsizing, layoffs, and outsourcing, Michael luckily made the decision to change his path.
“I know now that when I wake up every day I have a chance to work – and to also provide work to other people.”
According to him, he would have likely been laid off or forced to relocate, for the two banks that he had worked with prior. One of which, was First Union in Charlotte, NC which was bought out by Wells Fargo. “I’m glad I took the path less traveled by betting on myself,” says Michael. ‘But why this industry?’ we wondered. He explained, in a matter of fact manner, that companies are always going to need sales. If you are able to provide that, you will have longevity, and this is precisely what 600 Global does.
Over the course of his career, Michael has had many noteworthy accomplishments, but to him, nothing is greater than being able to help other people run their businesses successfully. He consults small businesses across the country, to not only help them overcome those labor statistics of failure but, to truly prosper. “I’ve helped people become financially independent and be able to truly live the lives that they want, not just the lives they can afford,” he added. Mentoring these budding entrepreneurs is something that he has found great pleasure in because he is able to help people become who they’ve always wanted to be and fulfill their goals, live their dreams.
“My biggest accomplishment is helping people believe in themselves and getting the best out of people — whether it’s for a week or for fifteen years.”
By the end of 2017, Michael’s goal is to have helped 100 people successfully run their businesses. There has been so much knowledge gained, benefits reaped and people helped over an eighteen-year span in business for 600 Global that we can’t fit it all in one blog post. Our interview with Michael will continue with a second part to this blog mini-series celebrating 18 years of entrepreneurial success!