Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs with Henry & Tom Bloch

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One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurs, Henry W. Bloch co-founded H&R Block Inc. in 1955 and helped build it into the world’s largest tax preparation company. Now 92, he sat down with his son, Tom Bloch for a conversation covering Seven Lessons for Entrepreneurs gleaned from the elder Bloch’s experiences. Some great stories and life lessons were shared in this one hour long conversation followed by Q&A from the audience. When asked “If it were up to you, how would you improve the USA’s tax code?” Mr. Bloch responded “Increase the taxes on the wealthiest Americans. I have enough money and I don’t mind paying taxes to help others.” In case you were wondering, the seven lessons every entrepreneur must remember, according to the Bloch family, is provided below.

⋅ Persistence is as important as ambition  ⋅

⋅ Determine and follow your own path and ignore the naysayers ⋅

⋅ Reassess and adjust your plan as necessary ⋅

⋅ Timing is critical ⋅

⋅ Make decisions with your customers in mind ⋅

⋅ Avoid pursuing short term goals that thwart long term goals ⋅

⋅ Your legacy is what you do for others ⋅