Takeaways – Life. Lessons. Learned.
Tom Dadon can be described as a Wayfinder. From the beaches of California as a kid to a Tank Commander in the Israeli army at 19, and then back to the U.S. with his family, Tom has always found a way forward with creativity and endurance. Today, Tom is happily married and a father of three children. He works together with his brother and parents. And their business, Triple Seven Movers, has grown from a small moving company to an enterprise in three cities, with thirty trucks, and 100 employees. However, Tom’s pursuit of the American dream started in a much different place.
Tom’s time in Minnesota selling wheeled shoe accessories at the Mall of America was bleak but provided valuable lessons in business. One of those lessons was sales. Turns out, his friend’s success selling wheeled shoes on the beach in Southern California didn’t translate to the Mall of America in the midwest with brutal winters and humid summers being far less skate friendly weather.
Rolling those experiences forward, this Wayfinder carved a path that resulted in not only professional success, but personal fulfillment as well.
Life in Israel
Tom’s military service prepared him for the hard work that it takes to build an empire. It taught him the importance of inner strength, endurance, leadership, and perspective. His Commander had a tremendous impact on him, because he had a positive mindset, was forward-thinking, and never seemed to lose his cool. His attitude was simply, “do what you have to do and make it work”. Later Tom learned that the Commander wasn’t as positive as he had let on to be, which delivered a massive lesson in influential leadership. Complain or strategize laterally, but never complain to anyone who is your responsibility to lead and manage.
Life in Business
Tom moved to Vegas in 2008, and has built multiple successful businesses since that time. His family began working in construction, then pivoted to building a moving company from the ground up. But that’s not all. Tom’s family also has a trucking division, HVAC company, as well as real estate investing.
Unlike the popular TV show Succession where the Roy family business goes haywire, the Dadons demonstrate how a family business can be successful. It takes everyone working together for the greater good, being self-aware about strengths and weaknesses, and having transparent conversations.
Tom is not planning to stop that success anytime soon. Next moves include opening a branch of their Triple 7 Moving Company in Texas, and to continue growing his family business enterprise.
Takeaways From This Episode
Other Key Takeaways in this episode include:
- Family partnership works, especially when they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Maintain a positive attitude and complain laterally but never complain down.
- Looking back gives you a new way of looking at things.
- Whether it’s a tank, a business, a family, or a meat smoker, there is always a way.
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