SO OFTEN IN BUSINESS, WE’RE ENCOURAGED TO GO AFTER THE LOW-HANGING FRUIT. BUT WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO REACH HIGHER, YOU CAN BUILD AN INCREDIBLE BUSINESS, MAKE MONEY, AND MAYBE EVEN CHANGE THE WORLD.
In 2004, Mark Rampollaa had made it. He was making $300,000 a year, travelling the world with his family, and poised to rise up to a Fortune 100 company. There was just one problem: He wasn’t inspired in his job and believed he had something more to offer the world.
He started dreaming of start-up ideas. Though many had big profit potential, they all sounded boring and soulless. So he started thinking differently. He stopped obsessing over “How much money will this make me?” and instead asked, “What do I have to offer that will improve the world?”
Suddenly, Rampolla realized that his high big idea was hanging right overhead. From his time in the Peace Corps and now living in Central America, he and his family came to love drinking coconut water, just like the locals. But no one was really selling coconut water in the United States.
So Rampolla chased a very ambitious goal: introducing coconut water to the American market on the already crowded beverage shelf dominated by a few big players. He wasn’t just starting a business; he was creating a whole new industry. ZICO Coconut Water brought a healthy beverage alternative to American consumers while also helping developing-world growers and suppliers profit from this resource.
Within nine years it was a win-win-win–good for Rampolla, his customers, and the world. So good, in fact, that in 2013 The Coca-Cola Company purchased ZICO and is in the process of scaling the brand around the globe.
Rampolla wrote High-Hanging Fruit for others who want to succeed because of, not in spite of, their values. This book is for people who believe that it's their duty to reach higher than just the bottom line to build businesses driven by passion, purpose, and integrity of entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the old model and do good by doing business.
Author: Mark Rampolla
Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Portfolio Penguin
"Often only the bottom line is emphasized in business. But Mark Rampolla shows how those days are over through his ZICO story, making the case that reaching for higher goals to do good...can be just as profitable and successful, while also bettering the world." – Sara Blakely, founder and owner of Spanx
"Mark Rampolla's journey proves that you can found businesses that you're passionate about, that help improves global problems, and that still make money. ZICO's example should and will help guide a new generation of ambitious entrepreneurs." – John Mackey, cofounder and co-CEO of Whole Moods Market and author of Conscious Capitalism
"Wise and refreshingly human. High-Hanging Fruit is more than surefire insight into building a successful business; it's a call to action to start something that matters and use business to fuel social change." – Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver, TOMS, and author of Something That Matters