When asked about the greatest influence on their careers, most successful business leaders will say they had a mentor. At some point in their lives, the words or actions of a sports coach, a supervisor or family member made an impact, inspiring them to achieve. For Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim, it was his uncle. To this day, he remembers his uncle’s sage advice and applies it to help grow the Smoothie King brand.
We sat down with Wan and asked him to share how his mentor has positively impacted his life leadership:
Q: Who was your mentor?
WK: I had an entrepreneurial uncle who gave me some great advice before he died. It led me to purchase a Smoothie King store in 2003, and guides me today as Smoothie King’s CEO.
Q: What advice did he give you?
WK: He told me business ownership runs in our family; he wanted me to become a business owner. He gave three pieces of advice to guide me in the journey:
- Always be genuine.
- Don’t do anything shameful.
- Always have integrity.