Many of you may know that I grew up in a small town...and I know small is a relative term to most. I am talking less than 1,000 people when I graduated high school. My graduating class had 29 kids in it. Im talking small town.
I can remember:
-- having to go to the doctor...walking into the office and being seen right away and leaving without paying for anything because they knew they could send a bill to my parents house.
-- going to the drug store and getting perscriptions for pain medications for my dad and they actually gave them to me knowing I wasnt going to go sell them to 3rd graders.
-- going to the local burger joint (The Circle) after school to get soft-serve ice cream and being able to put it on a tab that got paid weekly.
-- knowing everyone in the entire town by first name...or them knowing me by first name.
-- spending my summers diving off of the bridge into the Clark Fork River and crawling out on the sand never once having to worry about getting stabbed by broken beer bottles and used needles.
-- spending my winters going into the mountains behind my house and sledding on old man VonHeeder's property until the cows came home (small town expressions are great) and not having to worry about someone sueing him for not having a safety rail on the sledding run.
-- working my butt off to get my first car...nothing was ever handed to me just because I turned 16.
-- having only 3 TV channels...."and if the President was on, your night was shot!" as Jeff Foxworthy so elequently put it.
-- weeding in my dad's garden growing our food and hunting to get meat for the family; fishing; and trading work for baked goods and milk with other families in town.
In today's fast paced world of Trios and palm pilots, satelite TV, spoiled kids that get new cars at 15, instant gratification at every turn, HIPPA regulations, dope dealers taking advantage of the innocent, and everyone on the planet having some form of political agenda....I sure miss that place. Thankfully, I only live 70 miles from there. I visit every chance I get.
My advice on making your business better.... Take the time to enjoy the simple things in life...Work for what you want...Pet a puppy...Smile at a stranger...Pay it forward. In short: Be the person that people remember at night for all the right reasons.
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