Billionaire Diane Hendricks, chairman and sole proprietor of Beloit-based development supplies firm ABC Provide, mirrored on her entrepreneurial journey throughout a current look at Concordia College Wisconsin in Mequon. Hendricks, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, is now, at 76 years previous, thought of the wealthiest self-made lady within the U.S. She co-founded ABC Provide together with her late husband, Ken, in 1982 and has led the corporate since Ken’s loss of life in 2007. She additionally manages and develops actual property as a part of the Hendricks Holding Co. portfolio of corporations.
“I met somebody who instructed me to learn a e book referred to as, ‘How I Turned $1,000 right into a Million’ by William Nickerson. It was on actual property, a easy e book on how you purchase one (home), the way you repair it up and the way you hire it out. However, to me, it was a plan. It was the information I used to be going to make use of to begin my profession.”
“There was no restrict in my thoughts that I couldn’t achieve success. It’s like, how may you assume that you simply have been ever going to be if you’re doing menial jobs like cleansing bathrooms and portray partitions? However I had seen my mother and father work and my mother and father didn’t die poor.”
“I by no means actually thought of the truth that I used to be a woman and that there have been limitations to perform what I needed to do. There have been no limitations to the place I may go on this nation. I by no means thought that I used to be working in a person’s business and that I didn’t belong there. I didn’t know there was a glass ceiling. I knew there have been roofs up there, and I preferred it.”
“I had a choice to make after I misplaced Ken. All people figured I might give up. That’s a phrase I used to be instructed by no means to make use of. You don’t give up, you don’t stroll away from a problem. You simply don’t give up.”
“Widgets are widgets. Girls can run corporations simply in addition to any man. For all of the females, park your gender on the door if you go to work. I’ve been doing it for years. … I respect each lady for pursuing their very own desires and never desirous about the what-ifs.”
“It was by no means my ambition or my purpose to be rich. I truly had a quite simple expectation of what I would like out of life: I needed a pleasant life, I needed wholesome youngsters, I needed to be ok with myself, I needed my youngsters to be ok with our life and their household, I needed the associates to love working for us.”