We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric L. Goodman and we have shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric L., have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This is a very good question for new executives and entrepreneurs starting out. When I was younger and first starting out, I worked multiple jobs and worked too many hours. I thought the harder I worked, the more successful I would be. I was building a business and I was hungry for success. I worked seven days a week and traveled for weeks at a time. I would check my voice mails 50 times a day and stop everything I was doing to take care of business. As I got older, I learned if I managed my time better and my employees/customers knew I was going to follow up, I could do it a few times a day instead of all day long. It also was taking a toll on my marriage and family. In addition to work, I was on many boards and not home enough. After I realized work was important for an income and to provide, but not the most important thing in my life, I had less stress, and I was happier. I think age had a lot to do with it. With time and experience comes wisdom, and a greater appreciation for what success means. Success to me is being happy.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a healthcare company, Mountain View Services, Inc. We provide products and services to residential care facilities for developmentally disabled adults and children. I did not found the company but I have been with it for 25 years. I started out in sales, then was director of sales, VP, President/CEO and I am now the owner. It was a long journey with many ups and downs. I was born with dyslexia, a learning disability. School was always difficult for me. I left college to work full time and found sales was my calling at an early age. I had a major lifesaving surgery at 15 years old and that limited my ability to work a job that required hard manual labor. I have metal rods in my back and wore a full body cast for 9 months after my operation. I have never been mechanically inclined; however, I enjoy talking to people and learning what I can do to help them. Our business provides products and services that our client’s residents need to survive. I know every day that our work is doing something to help others, which drives me and my team to do a good job. Our mission is meaningful and fulfilling. We grew from a small, family-owned business to a larger corporation with many employees. My motivation for our success is not making more money. My motivation to grow the company is to help my employees and their families. If I can improve the lives of others, that means the business is successful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Growing up in the Inland Empire, I always loved LA. It was an amazing place with so many things to see and do. As soon as I got my first car and could drive, I made a trip to the city. I started visiting downtown LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills as a kid. I would spend most of my summer vacations touring the town and learning everything I could. I would go to the Walk of Fame, Greystone mansion, Griffith Park, Rodeo drive, etc. I loved all the famous places. As I got older, I started seeing the beauty in the area. I would drive around the old homes, roads to the hills, visit the beautiful old cemeteries (Hollywood Forever), and historic buildings downtown. The tourists miss all the history because they look at the attractions and not what made LA and that area famous. I love to get in the car and drive around LA all day and show friends and family the City of Angels.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I truly believe success in business and life has to do with who you know and not what you know. You can learn, but you need a good teacher. I have been very fortunate that I have had some amazing people in my life to teach me. I had a business mentor, Hal Karlin, my former boss and my father, Terry Goodman, who both thought me about work ethic and being a good person. You will get a lot father in business and life when you treat people with respect, you are ethical, and you have good values.