Wise words from Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson
Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, the chairman and CEO of Continental Baking Company, will tonight be inducted into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Hall of Fame. This will take place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Today, we share quotes from Hendrickson, who is passionate about people, education and business.
"I tell people all the time that when someone works for you, they are placing a huge part of their lives and their family's lives into your hands. That is not something to take lightly. No matter what kind of work someone does - it could be the janitor or the person who sweeps the yard - their hopes and dreams are the same as mine. They want to take care of their family just as much as I want to take care of mine."
"Business and charity are closely linked. Obviously, you have to make money in order to be able to give it away, but I believe also that once you are able, you have an obligation to help others in any way you can."
"I think the best way to face a challenge is straight on. If you try to go shortcut or escape it, you will lose your ground and miss opportunities."
"As I have got older, I also realise that you have to have the right intentions. Ensure that your motives are honourable and right."
"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary, so work hard and that will certainly increase your chances at success. Be prepared to make sacrifices, do your homework and the necessary research."
"Frankly, if I could rid Jamaica of one social ill, it would be illiteracy. In fact, if I were to go into full-time voluntary service, early-childhood development would be it, because it is the most effective. I don't believe in a situation where you have to fix a problem down the road."
"We cannot lose another generation of children in this country; we have lost too many,"
"Regardless of governments or the International Monetary Fund, Jamaica will still be here, and we have to get borrowing out of the way and get production going. I have no choice but to produce; how else will we feed ourselves? We talk too much, we need to produce.'
"We cannot continue to wait for the bureaucrats to move. If we have to, then we must move them out of the way."
"We need to show each other off, not show each other up. This is not the time for 'red eye'. If we spend half as much time working with each other as we do fighting, we would make Singapore look like a developing nation."