By Thomas Shambler
Quickfire questions with the founder and president of Lasvit.
How do you describe yourself?
I really prefer when others describe me. If you asked my wife (who has known me since I was 19) she'd tell you that I was a Pisces, and combine two extremes – one fish is very loving, caring and passionate, whereas the other is tough, driven and demanding. I defer to her description.
What do others say about you?
That I inspire trust in others, and have countless dreams. Some of which I have already made come true, such as Lasvit.
What's your greatest achievement in life?
Loving family - amazing wife and five wonderful children.
Your greatest achievement in business?
Making Bohemian (Czech) glass world’s most famous again through Lasvit.
What inspires you?
Many things: my family, wise people, beautiful architecture and products, nature, music.
What is something most people don't know about you?
That before I turned 18, my life’s priority was to become the world‘s number one tennis player and that I commited myself to achieving this goal, which meant practising tennis instead of being in the classroom.
What do you think are the most important attributes of successful people?
They know clearly what they want, follow their dreams, yet take calculated risks, meaning if it works out they win big, but if not, they don’t lose all.
What's one productivity tip you wish everyone else knew?
Focus your energy on what really matters to achieve your goals.
What is your most prized possession?
I believe that the less material things we own the more free we are. So I only own what I am really passionate about: for example my house and an amazing large-scale glass sculpture named „Fire & Glass“ which is a part of Czech National Heritage, designed and hand-crafted by the gurus of Czech glass making Mr. Libensky and Ms. Brychtova during 1960 – 1962.