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AmiSight 10/17: The Godfather of Mexican Cheese, Leader of a Multi-Million Dollar Business

In today’s podcast, we talk to Miguel Leal, who is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Mexican Cheese” in the United States. Miguel tells us how he moved to the U.S. from Mexico when he was a teen for an apprenticeship at a Wisconsin cheese factory. Although he didn’t know the language, had no money, and had little education with a learning disability, his hard work and determination pushed him through the tough times and led him to build—and eventually sell—a very successful business.


“I took the opportunity, and I took it seriously. And I pushed because it was a lot of work. And sometimes I really didn't have money, and I didn't have credit,” he said. “I had to figure it out without going to school. And I didn’t have anybody to advise me. I was alone. You have to pay attention and be even more aggressive.”


The main topics of today's episode will be:

  • Miguel’s words of wisdom for entrepreneurs when they are struggling to get a business going.

  • Miguel’s advice for kids or others who have a hard time with traditional learning.

  • How, often, the smartest person in the room is the quietest person in the room.

  • BONUS: The difference between Mexican cheese and American cheese.



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