Meet EO Nashville member Mike Religion. In 1990, he bought every part he had and left England for America. With only one suitcase, he arrived in pursuit of labor, higher climate and wealth. In 1997, Religion based Headsets.com, a web-based retailer of cordless and workplace headsets. Headsets.com has since grown to serve greater than 700,000 prospects and produces annual revenues of over $30 million.
Religion is keen about customer support, studying and development, and is recurrently quoted on his consumer service experience. He additionally created Reserve Dinners, a charity group that invitations well-known personalities from varied backgrounds to spend time in dialog with EO members in addition to different entrepreneurs. The occasions increase cash for a charity chosen by the visitor of honor. Previous friends have included Sir Richard Branson, Annie Duke, Basic John Abizaid and Vice President and Chief Info Officer of FedEx Rob Carter.
“I’ve finished occasions in eating places and at residence. I just like the in-home possibility as a result of I believe it’s extra private. EO members make up over half the viewers sometimes as they are inclined to have a need and powerful propensity to be taught from the friends that I invite,” says Religion. “Lots of the occasions are non-public with no publicity or digital camera.”
We linked with Religion after the latest Reserve gathering, a dialog with Canadian journalist and author identified for his 4 New York Occasions bestsellers, Malcolm Gladwell.
The latest gathering was with Malcolm Gladwell. How do you choose your featured friends?
I choose individuals who are going to be fascinating—individuals we’re going to have the ability to have actual conversations with, and other people the place I can push the sting just a bit bit so it’s a singular expertise for everybody.
You ask Gladwell what he would prioritize as president of the US. What function do you consider entrepreneurs specifically can—or ought to—play in politics?
Frankly, I’m unsure if entrepreneurs are proper or not for politics. On a private stage, I usually just like the entrepreneur in my very own choices of who to vote for, however I additionally assume our persona kinds can carry too excessive a danger. Entrepreneurs’ jobs are to make cash and create jobs and innovate, reasonably than run the nation—simply in the identical method that almost all politicians don’t turn out to be entrepreneurs after.
Gladwell is well-known for asserting it takes 10,000 hours to experience—agree or disagree?
Sure and no. I don’t assume it’s a precise quantity, however I believe the spirit of conserving going for lengthy sufficient in studying and mastering a craft whereas others which have tried are dropping out by means of lack of dedication leaves you as an skilled in a area. So broadly talking, sure!
What was the best private takeaway out of your dialogue with Gladwell? Any surprises?
I believe my greatest takeaway is how effectively versed Malcolm is and his model of constructing some extent with out being over-emphatic about it (however nonetheless retaining enthusiasm). We hadn’t rehearsed something earlier than, nor had we mentioned any traces of questions. It was free-flowing and he rolled with it skillfully.
Relating to EO, please share what has been probably the most beneficial good thing about being a member.
I’ve been an EO member for 19 years, I believe (who’s counting), and I really like the group. Over time, I’ve benefited primarily from Discussion board, after all, and in addition nice social occasions in addition to alternatives for worldwide journey. At any time when I’m going to a different metropolis, both US or abroad, I at all times attain out to the chapter and make good and fascinating mates. When individuals come to Nashville, I’m at all times keen to fulfill them and present them what we’re about right here.
EO Nashville is the biggest EO chapter and encompasses a excessive share of ladies. What can different chapters be taught from EO Nashville?
Sure, EO Nashville is a fast-growing chapter, and naturally the biggest chapter within the US. I believe loads of it’s right down to our three full-time chapter administrators who’re extremely educated, enthusiastic and sensible. They strike a wonderful steadiness driving initiatives ahead with out over-controlling them. It’s a fragile artwork that they pull off very well.
By way of our feminine members, I’m unsure why, however I believe the entire tradition and spirit of the EO Nashville chapter is so non-old faculty and so progressive in some ways. Nothing issues aside from the place we’re all going subsequent. I assume I’m saying that I’m not completely positive why, however I invite EO members from different chapters to come back and have a look. We’re an open e-book and wish to assist others!
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