Hain Celestial Group CEO Irwin Simon recently spoke to business students at Tulane University, giving them advice about making choices and taking action.
The company is one of the leading natural and organic food manufacturers in the world and comprises brands such as Celestial Seasonings, Earth's Best, Arrowhead Mills, generating $3.5 billion in annual revenue. Over the years, the company has grown through acquisitions.
Simon told students to go with their guts and not to take the advice of others too seriously.
"If I had listened to them, I never would have gone out and done it," he said.
He continued, saying that while advice can be helpful, instinct is much more powerful.
"There's no dumb ideas, it's only dumb if you don't have the conviction," Simon concluded.
The dean of the Freeman School, Ira Solomon, also praised Simon.
"We couldn’t be happier or more appreciative that he was able to spend quality time sharing his knowledge, experience and perspectives with our students and faculty," Solomon said.