Truett Cathy on Being a Christian Entrepreneur (part 1)

by Brad Harmon on July 12, 2010 in Entrepreneurs

Truett Cathy on Being a Christian Entrepreneur | marketplace christianity
It’s not often that you find large corporations that still operate by business principles and practices deeply rooted in the Bible.  Unless, of course, their product offerings are religious in nature.  Sure, there’s been many that start out embracing these values only to shed them once they grow much larger.

Chick-Fil-A is one of those rare companies that made the decision from the start to do business God’s way and continue to hold fast to that philosophy today.  This accomplishment requires a great leader at the helm, and we find such a leader in S. Truett Cathy.

While preparing to write about Mr. Cathy, I found this video series where he addresses the Annual Businessmen Committed to World Evangelism Conference in 2006 and thought it’d be better for you to hear it straight from him.

Truett Cathy on Being a Christian Entrepreneur (part 1)

The video is broken into four parts of about 10 minutes each, so I will be posting it in three installments.  The video is a little dark, but the audio is good and the advice he gives even better.  Feel free to minimize the video and listen as you continue browsing.

Selected Highlights from the Video

Here are some of the things I liked from the video that I thought you might too.

How to Be Successful in Less than 10 Minutes a Day

I will not change my mind to do wrong even if my friends won’t like me.  I will do what is right with all my might.

His Early Entrepreneurial Efforts

One of Mr. Cathy’s 11 Dos and Don’ts of Proven Entrepreneurial Success from his book How Did You Do It, Truett? is to start early as a teenager by developing a tremendous “want to”.

He learned his determination by

  • selling Cokes
  • having a paper route
  • selling magazines

The Dwarf House – Chick-Fil-A’s Humble Beginnings

After their time in the service, Truett and his brother, Ben, pooled together $4,000 and took out a loan for $6,600.  They used this money to open an diner outside of Atlanta, GA known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed to The Dwarf House).  It was from these humble beginnings that Chick-Fil-A would ultimately grow.

Additional Resources

If you’d like to know more about Truett Cathy or Chick-Fil-A’s story check out these books:

Please come back tomorrow for the second installment in this series.

You won’t want to miss it.

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