Add another headline to Josh McWorter’s already impressive year — he’s the only Northwest Georgian named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 for 2018. McWhorter, who leads McWhorter Capital Partners LLC in Cartersville, made it by two years (he’s 38). In September, Hometown Headlines’ profiled McWhorter’s booming business and its immediate impact on Northwest Georgia (click here). Below, please find some of the Q&A from the Business Chronicle’s interview with McWhorter prior to the 40 Under 40 celebration earlier this month at the Fox Theatre.
Q: You’ve been selected one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty honorees for 2018. How can other young leaders win similar accolades for their achievements?
A: I think the key is not trying to win or focus on awards. Rather, focus on being the best “you” you can be. Focus on the things that lead to success and accolades follow. The thing I preach is success isn’t a destination, it’s a process. You don’t become successful and stay there for life. Like most things, it’s temporary for most. What’s the top five things you have to do today in order to set you up for success in the future? Do those, hardest first.
Q: What have you learned from adversity?
A: Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. In times of uncertainty, difficulty or tribulation, you learn who you are and what you’re made of. I’ve learned, personally, I’m at my best and focus the most in these times.
Q: Please name a favorite leader you admire and why.
A: My favorite leader is Michael Jordan. He just had this way to will his team to victory in spite of the odds. He was the hardest worker. No matter how challenging he was to his team, he was never more accountable than he was to himself.
Some additional background: McWhorter founded the business five years ago … he was nominated for the 40 Under 40 honor by Deanna Berry, chief operating officer at McWhorter Capital Partners … McWhorter has grown McWhorter Capital Partners from one to 45 employees, with 24 being added in the past year. Gross business value has increased 400-plus percent since 2016. Profits are up 123 percent compared to 2017. The company has also built a network of 100-plus vendors in the past two years, contributing to the local Bartow County community… For more: mcwhortercp.com.