Every Journey Begins with a First Step – This is Mine!

I’ve been an entrepreneur and business owner for over 35 years.  The only time I’ve worked for someone else was right out of college.  I was an operating room technician at Richmond Memorial Hospital.  It was there I discovered teaching would be my richest source of learning.  Since that time, I’ve been self-employed.  In 1975 I began pioneering U.S. Surgical Stapling instruments in Virginia.  It was during this time I discovered the value of being a good presenter and the impact the spoken word has on others.  These early lessons have been invaluable to me and my career.

Looking back I’ve accomplished more than I thought I would but never as much as I knew I could.  Experience has taught me a lot, but the pursuit of business education has taught me even more.  As Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers Association says, “Learning from the school of hard knocks is very informing, but the tuition is too high!  We should learn from other people’s experiences.”

The purpose of The Executive Edge Blog is to share the wisdom of business education to other executives.  When you combine great business education with your own business experience the outcome you’ll receive is far greater than the sum of its parts.  The guiding coalition for my blogs will be; “The Golden Rule not only makes good moral sense, but it makes good business sense too!”

It is my hope that the wisdom shared in these blogs will make a difference in the reader’s journey.  I look forward to your comments.  Let’s get started!

Gary Tomlinson
www.gary-tomlinson.com
(919) 847-6235

About Gary Tomlinson

Gary Tomlinson has been an entrepreneur and business owner for over 40 years. Today he is a leadership consultant and executive coach specializing in executive team alignment and organizational execution.
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2 Responses to Every Journey Begins with a First Step – This is Mine!

  1. Gary,

    Your blog is excellent! I love the quote “Learning from the school of hard knocks is very informing, but the tuition is too high! We should learn from other people’s experiences.” Isn’t that the truth!! Too many times I say “well, chalk that up to experience” and then wonder when I won’t have to do that anymore!

    Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom!

    Ronica

  2. Mary-Ann Baldwin says:

    Gary, Congrats on starting a blog with such relevant information. I’m sure many business people will benefit by the wisdom you share.

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