Toms Shoes’ Blake Mycoskie has always been a serial entrepreneur. His big vision and unrelenting drive helped the Toms founder go from selling shoes out of his apartment eight years ago to selling half the business in 2014 for more than $600 million. The active frontman, who became a father this month, grew the one-for-one firm to more than 350 employees. Here, Mycoskie reveals the secrets of his business success.
My first job taught me … “How to work for tips.”
It’s important to take risks … “Because it is the only way to create change.”
Lead a team … “As you would want to be led.”
The best piece of advice: “The more you give, the more you live.”
My biggest lesson of 2014 is … “That my prejudice against a partner was misled. I found one for Toms, and I’m super-inspired, supported and encouraged that our greatest days are ahead.”