I had the privilege to interview Steven Schussler who founded the successful chain of Rain Forest Cafe. Chairman and Chief Executive of Schussler Creative, his firm designs and builds theatrical environments for restaurants, retail stores, and special events. Also co-author of best seller book “It’s a Jungle in There”.
Steven is a great mentor, speaker, entrepreneur, and investor, he shared key tips and tricks to run a successful business, no matter if it is in the food industry, retail, product, or service. You will hear and feel Steven’s passion for entrepreneurship in this interview.
Key Tips given in Interview:
Entrepreneurs will have ADD (Multi-Taskers)
You must always have an ego check
Make sure to have the right TEAM that can understand your vision
Know your exit strategy, know when it is the time to let go of your business and sale it
Customer retention is due to 1) Experience(Wild Factor) 2) Service
Surround yourself with people smarter than you
Have attorneys, and branding experts on your team
Know your competition
Be up to date with what goes on around the world
Stay in shape (healthy)
Have a good attitude that you are going to succeed
You are constantly pitching yourself everyday, make sure to pitch with a smile
I am in a mission to not only change my own life but change others life. If I can touch people’s life with my thoughts, passion and motivational spirit, that is an encouraging aspect of living a great life. My mission is not only to help myself become successful but to bring others with me who are open to join in on the journey. Part of the “secret” projects I am working on, I vision that it will change millions of people’s life, who have never had an opportunity to share this experience. My passion for fashion, tourism, entertainment, culture and traveling feeds into striving to make my visions a reality.
What is your vision? Have you set milestones to achieve them? What is your Mission in life?
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