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Meet Harvey Mackay | Part 1

Are you building a $100 million company? Even if you’re not, check out the full video interview with Harvey Mackay. This two-part video series will give you instant insights into one of the most successful, influential, businessmen in the world, Harvey Mackay.

When Harvey Mackay’s book was released, Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive, millions of business owners, CEOs, and sales professionals learned “how to outsell, out-manage, out-motivate, and out-negotiate the competition!”

In Part 1 of the series, you get the chance to meet Harvey Mackay himself. Harvey and Cliff Jones talk about what it was like for Harvey to grow up in St. Paul Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harvey shares how his parents created a lifestyle for him that made him the most popular kid in town.

Harvey’s mother, who died when Harvey was a young man, was a teacher, and a huge influence on his work ethic, quizzing him on a nightly basis before she passed. His father, a resourceful journalist and head of the Associated Press in Minneapolis for 35 years, always had tickets to the best games, making Harvey popular among his friends.

Harvey’s love and success with sports developed from his devotion to everything his father taught him about networking, sales, negotiation, and more. From tennis to baseball to golf, his dad came to all of his matches, showed him around Downtown and introduced him to all the big hitters. With his office at the state capitol, he even got to meet the governor! What an experience for young Harvey.

Another trick you want to hear about on the video is the secret to Harvey’s father’s networking success as a newsman in the 1930’s, into the 1960’s. These experiences, along with some God-given talents with athletics, sales, and networking, inspired Harvey to become the world-famous businessman, speaker, bestselling author, and “hungry fighter” he remains today.

Listen to the full episode to hear more about Harvey’s love for sports and how that translated to his success in business and stay tuned for Part 2!

About the Author Harvey Mackay, Founder & CEO

Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.

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