Gladys Farek was a wife and mother of six girls who literally held down the farm for her traveling salesman husband. She fed and cared for her daughters and the cattle, keeping their homestead functioning in Cistern, Texas (population 150). And in her spare time, she became Texas’ fruitcake queen, appearing on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and “The David Letterman Show.” How did she do it? More importantly, what business and life lessons can you and I learn from Gladys?
I met Gladys two weeks ago at a country wedding outside of Schulenburg. She was the grandmother of the bride. In the first 15 minutes with her I knew all about Gladys’ Bakery and her famous fruitcake. Gladys is now 83 years old now, but could easily pass for younger with her style and vivacity. She delighted in showing off her husband Jimmy like a newly-wed, even though they’ve been married three years. I get the impression Gladys has had that same enthusiasm for every part of her life, a big key to her success. Here are the other keys: [Read more…]