Being a founder, entrepreneur, or a business owner can have many exciting and thrilling moments. But it is also punctuated with periods of doubt, slump, and anxiety. So how does one successfully and healthily ride the highs and lows of Entrepreneurship? In this series, called “How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur“ we are talking to successful entrepreneurs who can share stories from their experience. I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Jennings.
Scott Jennings is an impact investor holding a decade of Wall Street experience. He left the financial district to combine his two passions: people and health. Scott is the founder and CEO of Pantry Food Co., a gourmet cannabis-infused edibles company utilizing only the healthiest ingredients. As cannabis evolves, it’s becoming less about stoner culture and more about wellness. Pantry is at the forefront of cannabis health and is continuing to grow across the country as legalization sweeps the nation.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. What was the “Aha Moment” that led to the idea for your current company? Can you share that story with us?
In your opinion, were you a natural born entrepreneur or did you develop that aptitude later on? Can you explain what you mean?
Was there somebody in your life who inspired or helped you to start your journey with your business? Can you share a story with us?
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
You are a successful business leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? Can you please share a story or example for each?
Often leaders are asked to share the best advice they received. But let’s reverse the question. Can you share a story about advice you’ve received that you now wish you never followed?
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them create a work culture in which employees thrive and do not “burn out” or get overwhelmed?
What would you advise other business leaders to do in order to build trust, credibility, and Authority in their industry?
Can you help articulate why doing that is essential today?
Scott Jennings: It helps accelerate the pace of getting things done. If you think of people’s trust as being a gatekeeper to doing something, when you have their trust, you can accelerate in anything you can do. That can be in sports, business, or whatever it is. I can’t accelerate certain things if I don’t have the consumer’s trust, and you have to take time to build that. That will allow me to, when the time is right, activate my network in an effective way to see results.
What are the most common mistakes you have seen CEOs & founders make when they start a business? What can be done to avoid those errors?
Ok fantastic. Thank you for those excellent insights, Let’s now shift to the main focus of our interview about How to Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur. The journey of an entrepreneur is never easy, and is filled with challenges, failures, setbacks, as well as joys, thrills and celebrations. This might be intuitive, but I think it will be very useful to specifically articulate it. Can you describe to our readers why no matter how successful you are as an entrepreneur, you will always have fairly dramatic highs and lows? Particularly, can you help explain why this is different from someone with a “regular job”?
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually high and excited as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually low, and vulnerable as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Based on your experience can you tell us what you did to bounce back?
Scott Jennings: We went back to the drawing board and brought in the best of the best experts to troubleshoot with us and determine what we could do differently. From there, we put procedures in place to prevent that from happening again. Having protocols in place is important to avoid this, so you’re aware of when things have quality issues or not.
We are living during challenging times and resilience is critical during times like these. How would you define resilience? What do you believe are the characteristics or traits of resilient people?
Did you have any experiences growing up that have contributed to building your resiliency? Would you mind sharing a story?
Scott Jennings: My whole life, honestly. Sports challenged me, my siblings challenged me, and my parents challenged me. It was always a matter of being resilient. Did you get this grade? Awesome, let’s go for a better one. You did this well in a football game? Try another one and see if you can do better. Your brothers are bigger, faster, stronger and you need to keep up.
In your opinion, do you tend to keep a positive attitude during difficult situations? What helps you to do so?
Scott Jennings: I think throughout my life I have been a positive person, but it wasn’t until I was older that I realized the benefits of a positive mindset. I was raised in a big family and was always told to keep going. Later in life, I learned more about consciousness and proactively having a positive attitude. As I got older, I realized a lot of the people I was hanging around were very negative. So, I started to take a more proactive approach to practice mindfulness and a positive attitude. Looking at your surroundings helps. What are you listening to? Are you around negative people? You are a product of your environment. Having a clean internal environment, looking at your surroundings, and making sure anything you consume is useful to your life.
Can you help articulate why a leader’s positive attitude can have a positive impact both on their clients and their team? Please share a story or example if you can.
Scott Jennings: If you are around a leader that doesn’t have a positive attitude, he’s going to potentially influence how you react. So, it goes back to your environment. Having people around you with a positive mindset triggers the law of attraction. At Pantry, we are really big about positive mindsets. On our Monday calls, we start with gratitude. I tell the team why I’m thankful for them and tell them why I have a positive attitude for the company, and I move the ball forward. Also, I’m real. Being positive doesn’t mean being unrealistic.
Ok. Super. We are nearly done. What is your favorite inspirational quote that motivates you to pursue greatness? Can you share a story about how it was relevant to you in your own life?
Scott Jennings: I’ll have to find the perfect quote, but I did find a YouTube video about self-mastery and how you operate through life. You do the things, you get the job, the wife, house, and kids. Until one day, you wake up and realize you were just going through the motions of life. The video basically wrapped up and said, “In self-mastery, you want to enjoy everything you’re doing. You have to be mindful of falling into a passive state of mind, and just doing what everyone else is doing.” The video talks about living with motivation, inspiration, and passion. This video was transformational in my life and helped me through so many things.
How can our readers further follow you online?
Scott Jennings: On LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-jennings-b83626
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for the time you spent with
this. We wish you continued success and good health!