Why, hello everyone! It's nice to see everyone wearing their festive colors! Are we all ready for the holidays? I know I am!
Since we're in the season of gift-giving, I thought who better to have on the show than the CEO of one of the nation's largest manufacturers. Let's welcome to the show none other than the King of Pentacles!
Amanda: Dear King, it is marvelous to have you here with us.
King of Pentacles: It is always a pleasure, Amanda. I always love getting out of the office and meeting people who love our Pentacles.
Amanda: Oh, and do they! My husband has every Pentacle you've ever produced. When each new edition comes out, he's in the line at the Pentacle store, waiting to get his hands on it.
King of Pentacles: That's great to hear. And you, you don't love your Pentacle as much?
Amanda: Oh, me? Yeah, sure, I love my Pentacle! In fact, I love my Pentacle soooo much that I wanted everyone in the audience to have one too!
That's right, folks! Look under your seats!
(people squeal with glee as they take out the Pentacle box)
King of Pentacles: Haha, Pentacles for all! Now this is Christmas!
Amanda: Ahh, yes. It's wonderful is it?
But let's bring the focus back to you. About how long have you been in business now?
King of Pentacles: Oh, Pentacles Inc. has been in business for over 30 years. I built it up from the ground when I was a college student. I started with sand-dollars. You know a sand-dollar, right? Those things you find on the beach up north?
Amanda: Oh, sure, I used to collect them as a kid.
King of Pentacles: Well, that was the original inspiration. It was simple, but I could see so much more potential. I could see it growing into something more intricate, more useful to people in their everyday lives. And here we are!
Amanda: Here we are indeed. You've amassed over a trillion dollars in profits, distribute your Pentacles all over the world, and have branched out in different areas, even Pentacle Acrobatics, where the Pentacles fly around like acrobats in Cirque du Soleil.
King of Pentacles: Yes, there's really no limit to what we can do with the Pentacle. Wear it, sit on it, eat it...
Amanda: Eat it?
King of Pentacles: You've never had a chocolate Pentacle? Oh, I'll have my assistant get one to you...you must try it.
Amanda: Thank you!
Tell me, are you happy?
King of Pentacles: I am content, as content as can be. My career gives me great joy. I also have an amazing wife and daughter. In fact, my daughter is going to take over the business for me someday...
Amanda: Oh yeah? How old is she?
King of Pentacles: She's 3.
Amanda: Ah, well, that's a ways away then...
King of Pentacles: Long-term planning, Amanda. I'm always doing it. I know where I want Pentacles Inc. to be in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years. I've learned that you should never stop growing. There is always a new mountain to conquer, a new prize to be won.
Amanda: Speaking of mountains, you're getting ready to climb Everest, yes?
King of Pentacles: I am! The King of Wands and I are going to do it. He's of course done it a number of times. This will be my first time though, and I cannot wait. It's on my bucket list, and now's the best time to do it.
Amanda: How exciting! We'll have to have you back so you can tell us about your trip!
Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of time left. Can we segue into the business a bit? You have many rivals, but one in particular, yes? Can you tell us a bit about him?
King of Pentacles: Well, listen, I don't want to bash other people. That's not my style. But let's just say that this business can bring out the worst in people. Greed, envy, spite...some rather unattractive qualities. And this other King, we can call him the Reversed King, shares a lot of these characteristics. And he let's them interfere with how he runs his business.
Amanda: How so?
King of Pentacles: Well, you know what I just said about long-term planning? He can't seem to get there. He puts plans in place and then ditches them when he sees what our company is doing. He doesn't trust his own genius, his own ideas. He instead is always concerned with what others are doing. It's sad.
Amanda: Indeed. When you've reached your level of success, you shouldn't be doubting yourself all of the sudden.
King of Pentacles: Yes, but too often people forget where they came from. They take on new personas and forget about their roots.
Amanda: And you, you have an interesting family story. Care to tell it?
King of Pentacles: Well, there was a time when my family had very little, almost nothing. We couldn't always afford warm clothes or food to eat. It was difficult. I had to work very hard to rise out of that situation.
Amanda: Look at how far you've come.
King of Pentacles: Indeed, but I never forget that. Charitable giving is a big part of Pentacles Inc. budget every year. I will never forget the hardship we endured as a family. If I can alleviate that hardship for someone else, that's the greatest feeling in the world.
Amanda: Well, on that note, I think it's time to conclude. This has been a truly wonderful interview, King of Pentacles. Thank you for sharing this time with us, and we look forward to having you on again soon.
King of Pentacles: It's been my pleasure. Thank you.