When we approach this time of year, it is a time to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Of course my health, my family and friends all come to mind. But a few things about the furniture business also become evident the longer I work around it that I wanted to share.
In a macro sense, we live in the greatest country in the world despite all of the blemishes and warts the news media and the politicians love to pick on. Here are a few business things I am grateful for at this time of Thanksgiving.
I am free to do and say (or write) what I want. Our country is blessed with more natural resources and standard of living than any other. I feel like Warren Buffet says, "I won the genetic lottery" by being born, raised and live in this great land. I am grateful to my ancestors came over and sacrificed so that my generation could be born and raised here.
I have the opportunity to earn a great living through hard work and perseverance. I was reading the Forbes 400 wealthiest individuals all over a billion dollars in net worth. Most resided in the U.S. and many were self-made billionaires including #314 on the list Ron Wanek from the furniture industry (with Todd Wanek not too far behind). I am grateful to work in a business environment where anything is possible.
I am fortunate to work in an industry I love with people I respect and admire. I am particularly grateful to be working with my father and my son with three generations having a good time together serving our customers. I have great customers and great factories I represent and I am also grateful for those relationships as well.
I wish you all the very best during this season of Thanksgiving. And as a final toast here's a good one:
"May your stuffing be tasty.
May your turkey plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize.
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs."
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Mike