When trying to understand someone, learning about the person’s family history, how they were raised, and what values have been instilled in them will go a long way. And that certainly rings true for who I, Harry Hayman, am today — not just as an entrepreneur, but as a person of virtue. To examine this a bit further, I have to tell you a bit about my grandfather, Harry Hayman II.
However, when it comes to my grandfather’s virtue and personable manner, we have to look at what he did outside of the OSS while living in India. He was living with a small Indian family — a family with whom the Haymans have remained close to this day. Through my grandfather’s stories and the accounts of the family, we were able to learn about his involvement in the Indian textile movement that was going on during the time. This was when India was gaining its independence from Great Britain, so tensions were high. Due to this, my grandfather was actually invited to a sitdown with none other than Mahatma Gandhi.