Sunday, March 23 2014, 09:51 PM MDT
Web Exclusive: Reacting to Corruption in Congo
SHAUNA LAKE: So you developed a business in Congo, a way for people to develop business and make money for themselves and be successful. What did that feel like for you?
ROBERT WORKMAN: Well at first it was pretty exciting. When we went over there our first business was a purification water business and so we put together a little team of Congales, and they started their business. And they were doing really well and the cash started coming in, and that’s when the corruption started.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you ever feel disappointed and feel like I am giving you this major opportunity and you’re basically spitting in my face by not showing respect, by being dishonest. Did you ever feel that way?
ROBERT WORKMAN: I don’t know if I felt exactly that way. I got frustrated, and wanted to give up as I said earlier. My philosophy is that this isn’t mine anyway. This isn’t ours. It has nothing to do with us. We have to try to do what’s right. Did I feel disappointed that they would take advantage of an organization? Yeah I did. But in some ways I had to look at ourselves and say shame on us because what we were trying to do is just get a good feeling for what, for ourselves. Were we really there to help them? Or were we there to just say, “Hey look at what we did and shout it to the world?” Well you know that’s human nature and everybody wants accolades and want to feel good about what they’re doing, but the core is that if you don’t do it for the right reason, that’s not sustainable either because it won’t sustain you through the disappointments. But here’s one thing that we felt that we learned, and this is for everybody, is you cannot do good and not get good. It’s impossible if it’s done from the right place. By us doing good in Congo or wherever we’re doing this in the world, the good that came back was a hundred fold, maybe a thousand fold. What we thought we were doing was creating businesses over there, which we did on a smaller scale with product, but what’s even cooler and the good that came back is now we have a business here in Utah.
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