Del Boyette Offers 3 Wishes as Advice for Path to Success

Del Boyette, now the president and CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors of Little Rock, was 37 when he was named to the first class of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40 in 1994. At that time, he was executive director of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (now the Arkansas Economic Development Commission).

We asked that he tell us three things he had learned since then that he wished he’d known sooner. Here’s what he said:

“First of all, 20 years flies by very quickly. I have a personal mantra that there are only 52 Tuesdays (or any other day of the week) each year. We all need to think about how we spend them — who we go to lunch with, who we choose to work with and how we manage our time. While I try to use that idea as a guide every day, there are things I wish I had known 20 years ago:

  • I wish I had known that there are valuable things to be learned from people from all walks of life.
  • I wish I had fully embraced that being an Arkansan is something to be proud of and certainly not something to apologize for.
  • I wish I had truly known that life’s a dance; you learn as you go, sometimes you lead, and sometimes you follow.”

For more from Boyette, see this week's Executive Q&A.