Aside from being a successful entrepreneur and a general counsel for several technology companies, Michael Hagele is certainly not unrelatable. Like many, he wanted to find actual purpose in what he does, but unlike others, he was willing to sharpen his mind and take action. In a recent interview, Hagele describes what drives him to maintain a strong work ethic and keep reaching further. Aside from his work ethic, he discusses how he keeps his mind sharp by staying active physically and understands the importance of keeping his clients’ needs in mind.
As an adolescent, Hagele worked at carwash during the harsh Chicago winters. He says that the experience of painfully cold and numb hands led him to the revelation that he needed to use his mind to provide a bright future for himself. Today, Hagele recollects the experience as a stepping stone to his growth, and a driving force in his success.
More importantly, he also expresses the priority of putting the customers first since they are what make the business. Along with that, Hagele has built a routine around productivity in which he schedules his morning for higher priority work and uses the mid-day or afternoon to do more enjoyable things which help him come up with solutions for things requiring more creative ones. By the end of the day has thought on things that can be solved with more abstract thought, before finally checking on progress overseas by phone.
Hagele has made his share of mistakes however and wasn’t shy to bring up his failed endeavor resulting from working with a celebrity chef, which taught him the importance of learning from mistakes and being able to reflect on that positively. Since the failed venture, Hagele has gone on to create a thriving entertainment venue and other businesses in the food and hospitality industry.
Hagele’s advice for entrepreneurs is to value the effect of social media and to recognize the importance it has in growing a business, as well as connecting with customers.