We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Gorton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think every great entrepreneur MUST be a risk taker. Virtually every day in the life of an entrepreneur is defined by the risks they are taking.
What should our readers know about your business?
When it comes to building something that has not been done before, it is NEVER easy. Still, our job as entrepreneurs is to make it look easy! I believe that comes from maintaining a positive attitude, no matter what obstacle is placed in your path. Entrepreneurs must deal with adversity on a daily basis. Serial entrepreneurs do it for life. To survive that, you need to learn to thrive in an environment where you have higher highs and lower lows than the corporate world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You cannot visit Texas without eating TexMex food and barbecue. There are so many great places, I would make sure that friend is coming back for multiple visits. I do like La Hacienda Ranch and Hard 8 BBQ. Both of them deliver good food in an atmosphere that feels like rugged Texas. Fountain Place is a very cool piece of architecture partly because it is IM Pei, and partly because of all the negative ions created by the flowing water, pine trees and building shape. Clyde Warren Park is great just because we made a highway into a park! The bridges are great. Running a loop around White Rock Lake is a MUST. …and then, al the usual locations.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The fact is that none of us would reach the apex of success without good mentors and people who believed in the dream. In my case, it begins with Mom and Dad, but continues through many others along the road. For the sake of this particular event, I will focus on Bruce Quinnell.