Driven: How Did I Get Here
About This Show
The Driven: How Did I Get Here podcast explores the unconventional path to leadership. Host Justin Gray talks to some of today's most badass leaders about how they arrived where they are today. Discover how they overcame obstacles, navigated the detours, and
learned to trust the journey.
Most Recent Episode
Finding a Way to Fulfill on a Mission
Tell us about what a day-to-day looks like for you? I typically get 400 emails a day, so I usually try to get through the important ones first thing in the morning. I have a daughter, so once I get her off to school I try to keep meetings more toward the middle of the day. I like to have enough time to start on action items. It drives me crazy to have too many balls up in the air. I’m happier if I can finish some things and give closure to issues. You own 56 Subway restaurants. How do you manage that volume of stores? You have to find good people and delegate the proper accountabilities to them. I have 600 employees that rely upon me to make sure their paychecks are good every two weeks, so there really isn’t such a thing as a day off. Day in and day out there’s always work to do. What did you want to be when you grew up? My father was a patent attorney for a major manufacturing firm. I never really thought about it much, and just assumed I would also be an attorney. Then I woke up at 18 and decided to go into journalism instead. I ended up switching to marketing when I realized my journalistic dream wasn’t going to pay anything at all. I thought marketing would be my ticket to getting a good job with a good company and making a good salary. What made you change your direction? Right when I was about to graduate my father died. I started to wonder if I really wanted to chase all those things. I decided I would go back to school and pursue elementary education and possibly become a coach. I thought education would be more meaningful than selling widgets. How did your father inspire your path to entrepreneurship? The last time I saw him he said if he had one dream in life it would be for me and my brother to be able to own our own businesses. Owning a business was something he’d always hoped for himself, but by the time he was 32 he had four kids and a wife and didn’t feel he could take the risk. He passed away five months after this conversation and it really stuck with me. A year later the Subway opportunity came along. Subway was not a young company in terms of years, but it was in its infancy in terms of th