Everyone wants to be great. Everyone has dreams and goals that they want to achieve but very few manage to fulfill those ideas. Why do very few people achieve greatness?
According to David Salyers a vice president of Chick-Fil-A, people don’t achieve their dreams because they are normal. Normal isn’t great and it never will be. People just follow a normal and pre-constructed path and imitate the mediocre.
Salyers spoke to students at ABAC on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Stafford School of Business.
The Chick-Fil-A vice president said there are two types of people: value extractors and value creators. Value extractors squeeze the juice out of situations for their own benefit. While that might be successful for a brief time, creating value for others makes you remarkable, he said.
In life you can be the one that sucks the nutrients out of situations or you can be the one that produces the nutrients. Salyers asked, who do you want to be? The giver or the taker?
Salyers’ seminar also shed some light on honor/integrity in business and how to treat people in life/business. He stated that in life and business three things really matter: First, people should pull out the best in each other; second, people should be the best for each other; and, third, people should expect the best from each other
Progress is an important function within business and life but instead of desiring to get bigger, Salyers said, first we should desire to be better and more virtuous so our growth will be more stable and beneficial to mankind.
Stafford School of Business Dean Dill Driscoll said Salyers speaks around the nation, and has been invited to address Ivy League schools and major conventions. He said Salyers enjoyed his visit to ABAC, however, and hopes to make other addresses here in the future.