Sweet Success

Milton grew up under the watchful eyes of his father, who had plenty of good ideas but could not seem to succeed in business. He dropped out of school at just 13 years old and started a confectionery company in Philadelphia, using money his aunt gave him – determined to succeed.

The candy company failed after a few short years, as did a second candy company he started just a few years later.

Almost broke, he started a third venture, the Lancaster Caramel Company, that grew rapidly in
the first years of business— he then sold it to his biggest competitor for $1 million in 1900 and got to work building a new chocolate factory. At one point, the company made 114 different types of chocolate, before developing the simple “Hershey” chocolate bar known worldwide today.

The beloved chocolate bars were merely an end to his true goal, which was bettering the world.
Milton was most proud of the school he and his wife Catherine created for orphaned boys. He gave all of his wealth to the school a few years after Catherine passed away and established a trust to ensure their vision remained in tact for years to come.

When asked, late in his years, about the secret to success he offered this: work hard, stay focused, and treat people right.

Sweet, indeed.

Boost Your System

The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the importance of having a healthy immune system.

However, the Times Now News website reminds us that these foods can help everyone fight off infections more easily:

Vitamin E. An antioxidant, this nutrient helps the body fight off infection by neutralizing free radicals. It also helps your body’s cells regenerate. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

Vitamin D. Naturally created through exposure to sunlight, this vitamin is phenomenal at supporting bone growth and helping the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is naturally found in red meat and oily fish, and it is also a commonly added supplement to many cereals.

Protein. Protein contains amino acids essential for the function of T cells, which protect the body against pathogens. A diet with lots of protein can boost metabolism and also reduce appetite, aiding in weight loss. You’ll find protein in meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds.

Vitamin A. Known as beta carotene, this boosts the health of the intestines and respiratory system, protects eyes from night blindness and age-related decline, lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, and improves bone health. You can find vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and red bell peppers.

Vitamin C. This helps stimulate the formation of antibodies. The body doesn’t produce or store it, making daily consumption essential to health. Fortunately, vitamin C is found in many foods, like fruits including lemons, oranges, grapefruits and strawberries, as well as vegetables such as bell peppers, spinach, kale, and broccoli.

Diversity Dialogue

Many companies are taking steps to address diversity when hiring and setting company policy. However, job seekers can also ask questions to determine whether company culture fits their standards for diversity and inclusion.

According to the College Recruiter website, here are five questions potential employees might pose during an interview:

1. What do you do to create an inclusive team environment and how do you measure those efforts?

2. How would you describe this company’s culture?

3. What resources does the company provide to support minority and/or veteran employees?

4. What are some of the key diversity actions your organization has taken in recent months?

5. How can employees get involved in diversity initiatives in your workplace?

Bought With Love

A little girl stood, looking at a table covered in crystal objects at a community craft fair. Every delicate piece shone with perfect clarity in the sunlight, but the most beautiful one was a golden unicorn.

As she stood in awe, hands in her pockets, the owner quietly pulled her father aside and cautioned him not to let the scruffy little girl steal any of his expensive wares. Her father looked the man in the eyes and told him he could personally guarantee his family did not want anything from the stand.

Then, he took his daughter’s hand and led her to a far less interesting stall with kitchen goods, where he pulled out a wrinkled $5 bill and bought a magnet printed with a unicorn. It was no crystal statue, but the girl liked it and put it on the fridge when they got home, where it remained for many years.

Long after she stopped believing in unicorns, the girl graduated from high school and went off to college. Her father did not go with her to the campus dormitory, but said he’d see her when she came home the following weekend, and wanted to hear all about her new digs.

Unlocking the door to her new dorm room, the young lady saw a bed, a small dresser and a miniature fridge – just like every other dorm room. Hers, however, had the unicorn magnet stuck on the refrigerator door along with a note.

“My dearest daughter,” the note read, “I am the luckiest dad in the world and I am so proud to have you as my daughter. Love, Dad.”

Changing Spaces

Here’s an interesting fact: most people who moved during the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t flee big cities or even move very far away from their previous homes.

The Bankrate website reports on a survey it conducted that the top three cities people left were Manhattan, Houston, and Austin, but each city lost a net of fewer than 15,000 citizens. According to mail forwarding data from the U.S. Postal Service, the rest of the cities in the top 10 list lost fewer than 10,000 residents overall.

Why did they move? Respondents said they relocated to be closer to friends or family, find a better cost of living, or have more living space.