“Unless a commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans.” Peter Drucker
Milton Hershey | Business Commitment Exemplified
Donald J. Sauder, CPA | CVA
What is your level of commitment today to your enterprise?
Please catalog three examples of commitment? What are the common characteristics, themes, and object lessons for your business?
The success of an organization, e.g., a business, is the product of the loyal commitment in the organization to its purpose, values, vision, and mission.
You need devoted commitment during a business crisis to thrive.
Today’s blog will include a few quotes about the importance of dedication and commitment during a business crisis and a short business story from Lancaster County.
- “There is but one degree of commitment; total.” Arnie Sherr
- “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer
- “Commitment in the face of conflict produces character.” Anonymous
- “Without commitment, nothing happens.” T.D. Jakes
- “There’s always a way – if you’re committed.” Tony Robbins
If you’ve tasted a Hershey’s Chocolate bar, the dedication and commitment in the development of that product has timeless lessons for entrepreneurs today.
Born on September 13, 1857, and growing up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch on a farm in Dauphin Co. PA, Milton Hershey’s family were members of the Pennsylvania Mennonite community. Milton gained the estate of hard work and persistence in his early years, which provided the resources invested in the Hershey Chocolate Company decades later.
Fired as printer’s apprentice at fourteen years of age for dropping his hat into a machine, Milton obtained another job at a Lancaster, PA candy factory. Even though his boss agreed to rehire him, his Aunt Mattie Snavely and his mother had another idea. They were teaching him to “Watch every penny, son. God gives us all we have.” They had a plan and wanted him to learn the art of candy making, arranging for him to apprentice with confectioner Joseph Royer in Lancaster, PA.
After four years of apprenticeship, Milton decided to start his candy store in Philadelphia, only to soon close the failed business. But Milton was committed.
Traveling to Denver, where he learned how to make caramels, and then onward to New Orleans and Chicago, he was looking for the right opportunity. Milton finally arrived in New York City in 1883 and began working with another candy store named Huyler’s.
After a few year’s he quit to sell candies on the City streets. He soon discovered that was not his forte, and quit. A discouraged but committed Milton Hershey moved back to the home farm where he grew up, and began research and development on chocolates and candies.
At the age of thirty-six, he started Lancaster Carmel Company, which he sold in seven years later in 1900 for $1.0m. The Company’s success was hinged on making candy during the day and peddling confections by night.
The right opportunity arrived with the accumulation of years of well-rounded work experiences, and then an Englishman visiting Lancaster who loved Hershey’s Chocolates placed a large order to be delivered to Britain. The order paid off his debts with money to purchase more equipment and ingredients.
With 1,300 employees in two factories in the late 1890’s, Lancaster Carmel Company exemplified Milton’s level of commitment to opportunity. Using this fortune from his estate of hard work and persistence, e.g., commitment, he invested the $1.0m in thirty acres in Derry Township, PA.
With dedication in candy research and development with trial and error, he produced the first Hershey bar in 1900. Hershey’s kisses followed in 1907.
When the Great Depression hit in 1929, life in Milton’s town seemed even better.
And for the rest of the story, visit Hershey, PA, virtually.
Success wasn’t early or easy for Milton Hershey, but dedication and commitment was everything.
Summary: “The success of an organization, e.g., a business, is the product of the loyal commitment in the organization to its purpose, values, vision, and mission.”
You need devoted commitment during a business crisis to thrive. What is your level of commitment today to your enterprise?