“I don’t do much planning, nor care much about tomorrow. All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise and go to work.  You need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts.”


There’s finding a career and then there’s finding a company you stick with for so long, it breaks a world record, as Walter Orthmann of Brazil broke the world record for longest tenure at the same company, all while turning 100-years-old.


Born in the small Brazilian town of Brusque on April 19, 1922, Orthmann wanted to get a job as a 15-year-old to help with family with financial problems, according to Guinness World Records.


Because of his strong proficiency in German, he was hired as a shipping assistant for the textile company Industrias Renaux S.A., now known as ReneauxView, on Jan. 17, 1938.  Soon after, he was promoted to a position in sales, and later became a sales manager, a position he has held ever since.


Now, he’s been with the company for over 84 years, verified on Jan. 6, giving him the Guinness World Record for the longest career in the same company.


Labelling this record as his “proudest achievement,” Orthmann said what pushed him towards making history was focusing on the present. 


Orthmann began traveling across Brazil for his job in the 1950s and said he fell in love with being on the move and establishing good relationships with clients. Last week, he celebrated his 100th birthday party with coworkers, friends and family. Guinness said Orthmann is in good health “with excellent mental clarity and memory.” The office is his favorite place to be at, and his advice on achieving the same longevity he has is to work for a good company where people feel motivated. 


“When we do what we like, we don’t see the time go by,” he said. 



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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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