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Our guest this week is Jimmy John (James John Liautaud) who is the founder, chairman, and majority owner of Jimmy John’s sandwich chain. He has been recognized by Nation's Restaurant News for overseeing one of the fastest-growing chains in the country and is a philanthropist and mentor for entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry. With no formal business education, Liautaud developed many of the processes in the first shop that Jimmy John's is still known for today. Jimmy shares some amazingly valuable insights with us in this episode. Topics ranging from differentiation, overcoming obstacles, discovering your strengths and so much more! Shownotes: 2:00 Jimmy's upbringing 5:00 Some of Jimmy's greatest challenges 7:00 Started out earning $1.10/hour and $100/week. 10:00 Maintaining emotional stability through very tough times 12:00 How to turn high energy into a billion dollar business 15:30 Jimmy John's key differentiators. 20:00 The many benefits of profit sharing 23:00 Invaluable mentors 26:00 "Just because I'm good at making sandwiches doesn't mean I'll be good at anything else." 32:00 Biggest blessings 34:00 People do what you do not what you say. As a leader whatever you do is times ten. If it's positive or negative it's times ten. 37:00 A loving supporting spouse is the biggest advantage in life. 40:00 Future goals 43:00 Protecting the free enterprise system 44:00 Quinton's True Takeaways
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