How long do you think you can work for the same company? For a Brazilian man, his answer is an impressive 84 years which earned him a Guinness world record!
Walter Orthmann has many reasons to celebrate in 2022. He reached 100 years old and he broke the Guinness world record for staying the longest in the same company. Walter is the official Guinness World Records title holder for the longest career in the same company.
According to Guinness, Walter was just 15 years old when he began working as a shipping assistant at a textile company in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil named Industrias Renaux S.A., now known as RenauxView. Walter rose through the ranks from shipping assistant to sales manager..
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Walter’s job provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout Brazil and meet people from different countries. However, when asked what he enjoys most about his job, he says it’s the sense of purpose, commitment, and routine.
“When we do what we like, we don’t see the time go by,” Walter told Guinness.
In his 84 years of work, Walter has seen many things transform in his company, country, and the rest of the world. This taught him to gain a better understanding of how important it is for businesses to adapt to change and remain updated.
On April 19, 2022, Walter celebrated his 100th birthday. He was joined by his family and co-workers.
What was his key to success that allowed him to remain with the company for so long? Walter says he takes it one day at a time. He doesn’t worry too much about the next day and focuses on the tasks he needs to finish that day.
Walter said, “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. So, let’s go to work!”
Walter surpassed his own record of 81 years and 85 days, which he had set in 2019. Wow!