Hamish McLaren, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame who earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business, has enjoyed a lengthy professional career in which he is widely recognized as easily among the most versatile and accomplished entrepreneurs of the past 20 years. The founder of a number of remarkably successful enterprises spanning a wide range of industries, Hamish made the critical decision to shift his entrepreneurial focus away from the many successful businesses he founded in order to take on a new challenge. That challenge ultimately took the shape of McLaren & Associates Consulting, a consulting firm in which Hamish and his business partners assist up-and-coming entrepreneurs as they strive to gain a foothold within their respective industries.
Although the decision surprised many outside observers, Hamish had long planned to move into the world of consulting with the goal of providing expert support to a new generation of innovative entrepreneurs. In his new role with McLaren & Associates, Hamish has continued to demonstrate the unique business sense that made so many of his entrepreneurial endeavors such immense successes. This new endeavor has also enabled him to work closely with talented and innovative entrepreneurs, which is part of the reason Hamish decided to pursue this particular endeavor with such vigor.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
Yes, but it was only recently that one of my clients introduced and explained the term and the concept behind it. In my mind, my steez is expressed in the decisions I make each day, all of which revolve around the simple goal of helping my clients achieve an unparalleled level of entrepreneurial success.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
As a kid, I always imagined running my own company. At the time, I believe I was most interested in running a toy or sports car company, but I am quite proud of what I accomplished even if I never made it into the specific industries I dreamed of as a youth.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
As an undergraduate at Notre Dame it became quite clear that I had a talent for entrepreneurship, and a number of my classmates encouraged me to pursue larger entrepreneurial goals, which I had already been considering.
What is one current trend that excites you?
The entrepreneurial trends that are so clearly driven by technology and innovation are truly exciting and inspiring all at once.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I’ve enjoyed quite a few successes throughout my entrepreneurial career, but I believe my most recent endeavor will ultimately prove to be the legacy I leave behind when I finally retire.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
I was somewhat averse to the idea at first, but I have since realized just how valuable it can be in so many different pursuits. Over the past few years, fully embracing social media has been instrumental in my entrepreneurial success.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
There is not much I would change if I were able to start again. Early in my career, I was perhaps a bit too regimented, but I quickly learned to fully trust in my entrepreneurial instincts.
What do you see for the future?
There are so many talented and creative entrepreneurs bringing new ideas to the marketplace, and the presence of these innovative individuals makes it easy for me to envision rapid, positive change across all industries.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
My success as an entrepreneur is the product of a willingness to accept calculated risks combined with a complete trust in my entrepreneurial instincts. Cultivating a similar entrepreneurial mindset can go a long way toward ensuring a long and lucrative career in any industry.