If you’re thinking about starting a business — and you’re wondering if you can succeed in today’s tough economy — 95-year-old Stanley A. Dashew has some words of wisdom: You can do it.
Dashew should know. He’s the creator of Dashew Business Machines, whose revolutionary imprinters and embossers laid the groundwork for the first bank credit card systems. Over the years, he’s received 14 U.S. patents for his contributions to banking, shipping, mining, transportation and other areas.
As posted on jweekly.com, the nonagenarian remains active despite the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. He still loves to sail his 72-foot cutter. Dashew also has a book: “You Can Do It! Inspiration & Lessons From an Inventor, Entrepreneur, & Sailor,” written with Josef S. Klus.
In addition to telling Dashew’s personal story, the book seeks to help readers overcome life’s challenges by offering numerous tips. Among them:
• Focus on just one or two ideas at a time. Otherwise, none of your ideas that could be great will get off the ground.
• Don’t quit just because you don’t have all the skills or resources to implement an idea. Team up with someone who has what you lack.
• Innovation means not just creating new products or services, but also finding new ways to utilize them.
The full article from jweekly.com can be found here.