Founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate Shawn Askinosie discusses turning pain into goodness, the power of mentors, the "grow or die" business mentality, and more.
Shawn Askinosie is the founder of Askinosie Chocolate, named by Forbes as "One of the 25 Best Small Companies In America." Shaw was named by O, The Oprah Magazine, as "One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World." He is a Family Brother at Assumption Abbey, a Trappist monastery near Ava, Missouri and the author, along with his daughter Lawren, of the #1 Amazing best selling book "Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul."
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What are your favorite professional accomplishments? [1:15]
If you could connect your professional success to a childhood experience, what would that be? [5:05]
How can we help our children take painful experiences and turn them into something good? [6:53]
Can you tell me more about the setting in which you grew up? [8:27]
What was it about your sixth grade teacher that had such a great impact on you? [13:11]
Let's talk about reverse scale. What about the notion of "grow or die" in business? [17:16]
What was your relationship with money as a child? [21:10]
Where did you get your drive to win? [24:17]
What are the business lessons students learn at Chocolate University? [25:45]
How does it feel to run your business with your daughter? [28:28]
What is your favorite charitable cause? [30:18]