Business profile for Oct. 4

Name: Daniel Wright, certified health advisor

Name of Business/Address: Health Works and thewrightlight at 2035 W. Victory Way, in Craig, 824-2186.

What prompted you to open your business in Craig? After 30 years of exploring Africa, Europe, and the East and West coasts of
the United States, I wanted to be closer to
family. My sister and her family have lived here for more than 20 years.

How did you get into your line of business? I had a personal health wake-up call that I feel resulted from a less-than-healthy lifestyle. There is a Chinese proverb, "If you continue on this path, you will eventually reach the destination." I knew I had to make some changes and started looking into health information to educate myself to make some personal changes. I knew I had to. That is how I got started.

What is your philosophy of being a good businessman? Really listening to what
the customer needs. Everyone is unique
and has unique conditions. One size does not fit all in this business.
How do you define the role of your business in the community? Largely the role of my business in the community is education. Raising awareness and responding to the needs and health concerns of the community. I am excited to be a part of a community who really want this and will support a growing, thriving environment.

What is the best part of your job? The best part of this job is talking with people. Together, we can come upon a solution that is awesome, very rewarding. I don't take personal responsibility for someone else's health, because people have to make the changes themselves, but I do get to help facilitate that. And, for me, there is nothing better.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Listening without prejudice to my customers. I always guard against preconceptions. Often they have been diagnosed with something and they are treating the symptoms, but they really don't know why it is upon them. They can't get to the cause because they don't know what is causing their problems. I try to bring out what- in their lifestyle choices -- is at the root of the problem. There are instances when medication is necessary. But you are always better off to boost the body's own wellness.

What advice would you give young people considering opening their own business? Listen to your heart and let your business be your passion. I recommend that they do something they can let be an integral part of their lives. Something you can be rewarded for in all realms. Then, you will excel. It will be your life, not just an economic necessity.

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