CEO Shares Rags to Riches Story, Encouragement to All

David Green, founder of Hobby Lobby and author of his new book Giving It All Away…and Getting It Back Again: The Way of Living Generously, spoke with Glenn Beck in the radio host’s studio Wednesday, offering insights into his incredible story.

With only a $600 bank loan, Green started his Hobby Lobby business in his garage in 1970. He paid his sons seven cents for every frame they made. His wife worked for nothing.

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By 1972, he was able to move his operation into a Hobby Lobby store, only 300 square feet, about the size of a living room, Green told Beck.

“You know, we just took one day at a time and one brick at a time. I don’t know that there was a moment that said, hey, we’ve made it.”

Green’s company now operates over 600 stores and owns nearly 10 million square feet of retail space.

Hobby Lobby, as Glenn frames it, shares rare air with another company holding the same values of hard work and moral integrity: Walmart.

“Our whole value is – is solid on the basis of the Scriptures, God’s word. And so that’s what gives us our foundation. … We really don’t think we have any wisdom outside of the wisdom we find in Gods word.”

He shared with Beck about winning the Supreme Court battle in 2014 that challenged the company’s right to life beliefs.

“God didn’t want us to take life,” he said.

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