The room was packed with more than 400 business enthusiasts who came to hear Jim Host and Dr. Pearse Lyons speak at today’s Kentucky Entrepreneurial Seminar. Host and Lyons, both entrepreneurs and game changers in their respective industries, shared their experiences which led them to where they are now.
The session began with Jim Host, founder and CEO of Host Communications and iHigh. Host provided some comic relief while sharing anecdotes about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. His motivation comes as much from a love for business as it does from a love for life. Host stated, “I wake up because I can’t sleep fast enough, because I love every minute of every day of life I have.”
Host left attendees with five rules of business to remember:
Two additional rules were added which Host said were even more important.
Dr. Lyons then began his talk by describing what the world of an entrepreneur is like. It’s a world of dissatisfaction. To be clear, it’s not one of disappointment but rather a commitment to achieving more. It’s also a world of constant re-invention. What are you going to do next and when will you do it? Dr. Lyons looked to Steve Jobs as a source of inspiration – a man on a constant pursuit for perfection.
Dr. Lyons had a hefty list of rules for entrepreneurs to remember.
Dr. Lyons concluded the seminar with a challenge to the 3 MBA programs at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and University of Pikeville. Dr. Lyons announced that Alltech will offer a $20,000 prize to the best job idea.
The complete seminar can be viewed on the Alltech Ag Network.