(not to be confused with “grody to the max” for my fellow 80’s kids 😜)
If there’s one thing I learned from Al Balloqui, it’s to continue to grow, explore, and serve others – no matter what stage of life you’re in.
Al was the second rockstar entrepreneur I had the pleasure of chatting with during Wednesday’s adventures with KC Sourcelink and Eighty80Rule. Al and his wife, Mary, are the owners of several LaborMax staffing offices, here in the Kansas City Metro.
The first thing you notice about Al, is that he loves to smile. I don’t think a smile ever left his face for the duration of our visit and it wasn’t a 10 minute shallow small talk – it was an intense synopsis of a life for a guy with true grit!
During the course of the course of our conversation, Al shared how (with loving support from his grandmother) he overcame reading struggles as a youngster, joined the Army, traveled the world, and skipped out on retirement in favor of giving hope to those society tends to write off – the unemployed.
Mary feels like her staff are family and she and Al take tremendous care to develop and mentor them, sharing their faith, entrepreneurial journey, and method of encouragement and accountability. They even give their staff reading material during staff meeting.
Of course that peaked my interest, so I asked Al to share some of his favorite recommendations for new entrepreneurs like me:
Now, the only question is: which one do I (re)read first?