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Justin Gold Justin Gold nut butter aficionado. ceo. green visionary.

Justin Gold, Founder and CEO of Justin's Nut Butter, says he can't live without his maple almond butter, snow covered mountains, or moments that make his heart race. [www.justinsnutbutter.com]

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What gets me out of bed is the opportunity to do things a little better than they’ve been done before, to learn from others’ mistakes, and to drive change through passion. I want to be healthy and live an inspiring life and do good for others, but I also want to do things a little differently and to think differently about the way we treat our natural environment, the way we do business, and the way we treat each other.

My parents completely encouraged me to be a fire fighter or an astronaut or a doctor or a lawyer – whatever I wanted to do. When I told them I wanted to make organic peanut butter for a living, they were behind it 100 percent. I’ve always been encouraged to do what I want and to think outside of convention. That’s been very freeing.

I’ve also always had a deep admiration and respect for the natural environment. It blows my mind how ignorant we can be of where our food comes from, where the products we use come from, how they’re made, and where they wind up when we’re done with them. In my business, I’m trying to figure out how to use greener alternatives and drive inefficiencies out of the system. I care about making the world a better place and I want my company to be part of that.

My vision has been shifting more toward community and the strength I find in community. I spend more time with my co-workers than with my family, so I consider people at work to be my family, too. If work is my home away from home, I want it to feel like a home. So I challenge myself and my co-workers to really get to know and love one another, to respect one another, and to work together to solve problems and reach personal and company goals. We work on growing the company and being profitable, but we also work on encouraging change in our community and supporting the natural environment.

What helps me stay on a conscious path, or get back on it, is having a long-term vision. I’ve found that when I set a vision for myself, when I know exactly what I want and where I want to be, and then every day try to do something that gets me a little closer to my vision, even if it’s baby steps, before I realize it … I’m there.

– Justin Gold

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