SUMNER REDSTONE was 76 years old when he
purchased CBS Television. I remember saying to
myself, “Obviously, age was not a criteria for doing
what you love. Doing what you love was the only
criteria.” I was inspired and motivated by his decision. I turned 80 on July 1. I have a new cookie company, ;e Cookie Kahuna. I am alive, alert, awake
and enthusiastic about life. I wake up each morning
thankful that I am still breathing, which is a strong
indication I am still very much alive. ;e reality is,
you are never too young or old to pursue your
dreams and your deepest desires. Just say yes
to life—your life.
People constantly ask me how I keep
going, especially with the inherent challenges of being in business for oneself. My
answer is always the same: “How can I
stop, especially since I love what I am
doing and I believe I will be successful
again?” ;e only reason
people fail is they quit.
Anyway, if I did not sell
cookies, what would I
do? When you wake up
in the morning, you
need three things: something to do, someplace to do
it and someone to do it with. If you do not love what
you are doing, you are just taking up space. Loving
what you are doing is the reward.
Also, it helps to do what you are passionate
about doing. A;er 41 years of making, promoting
and selling cookies, I still love chocolate chip cookies. I love everything about them. I would not
change any part of my life.
What are you passionate about? What do you
think about doing each morning when you wake up?
I’m not talking about how much money
you can make, but just the idea of doing
what you love. When you fall in love with
what you are doing, you absolutely fall
in love with life. It works if you work it.
Do it and see for yourself.
As Satchel Paige, who played
professional baseball when he was
50, said, “How old
would you be if you
did not know how
old you were?”
Now, that is deep
Wally Amos is the founder
of The Cookie Kahuna.
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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING is a
great source of revenue for businesses large
and small. The trick is getting your foot in
the door. An online tool, GovBizConnect
( govbizconnect.com), launched in August
2015, may be just what your business needs.
Costco member Tom Skypek, the co-
founder and CEO of GovBizConnect, says
the online tool matches small businesses with
existing prime contractors so that they can
build their corporate résumés. “;is enables
them to compete and win prime contracts
on their own—kind of like a Match.com for
contractors,” Skypek explains.
Users on both sides of the transaction
build tailored profiles in order to identify
teaming and contracting opportunities based
on capabilities, certifications, past performance and other criteria. It is free, so you can
sign up and use it right now.
Current users include small and large
government contractors from across the
United States in industries from hospitality
and construction to manufacturing and professional services. On the contracting side are
officers from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine
Corps, Missile Defense Agency, Department
of Energy, Department of Veterans A;airs
(The Costco Connection has featured
other articles about small businesses and government contracting. For more information,
go to costcoconnection.com and search “
government contracts.”)—Steve Fisher
Age is just a number
Cool tool: GovBizConnect