Mathew Corrin: Success In The Real World

To those who may not be doing well academically take heart, it does not mean that things will not turn for the better. Take the case of this Canadian who did not do particularly well in one academic subject.

His academic performance did not indicate his true potential. Mathew Corrin flunked his business class in college. He didn’t understand it and found it stressful.  He may have failed in the theoretical world, but in the real world, where it counts, he’s a story of success.

Corrin landed a job as the marketing manager for fashion legend Oscar de La Renta in New York City.  On his lunch breaks he went to the many “mom and pop” delis. The food served was far from healthy. This led him to create a business model that was scalable, branded and made people eat healthy food.  He wanted to provide healthy food that was convenient and affordable.

Armed with this idea he opened his first store in 2005 in Toronto which was an instant hit. Behind the success of this store is a story of trial and perseverance.  To begin with, in his first week of opening, the chef cut his finger. Upon seeing the blood, the kitchen manager fainted breaking his nose and to make matters worse, an employee changed employment status by stealing the store’s earnings turning him into a thief.  These initial setbacks did not stop Corrin from his objective of changing for the better, the way people eat.

Many of the lessons he learned was through mistakes made early on. The important thing was he learned and did better. Now his business Freshii, Inc. are in over 80 locations in North America, Austria, and as far as Dubai.

Aside from business success this endeavor also gave him success in his personal life. When his two injured employees were taken away for treatment, a female staff stepped in to help him in food preparation.  That staff is now his wife. It was truly a blessing in disguise.

So we may not be great in all the things we do, but we can find that special something that with a lot of hard work can take us to new heights.


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