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about a business success. They’re a
lot like the stories I come across in the
Sometimes, like the man with the fab
shop, they took an opportunity and
turned a small business into a larger one.
Sometimes, they had a great idea – for
a new kind of grill or a piece of exercise
equipment – and they ignored all the
naysayers, working sleepless nights in
the basement or garage to perfect their
product until they got big enough to quit
their day job.
Some of those guys employ 50 people
today. Some of them employ 500.
Regardless of whether the companies
are big or small, most have these
stories of self-made success. What they
have in common is their work ethic,
perseverance, and willingness to take
leaps of faith when necessary.
The more I see the folks on social
media harp about the alleged failure
of the American Dream and perceived
lack of opportunity, the more I find
myself wondering how they became
so disconnected from the reality that
exists all around. Yes, many small
business owners fail on their first try –
but, despite that, the success stories are
No matter what is said by analysts, by
politicians, by followers of blame-others
ideology – the truth is it’s still a great time
to create and grow a business in America.
There are opportunities everywhere –
more than enough to go around.
This holiday season, as you travel to see
family and friends, you might encounter
some of the negativity that seems to be
all the rage. I think it’s important not to
let it dominate the conversation – not to
let those close to you go on believing this
flawed narrative without at least having a
chance to examine the evidence.
That doesn’t mean giving them a lecture
or getting into a political argument; this
rarely works. But perhaps you could
begin to open their eyes simply by giving
them a window into your world.
Tell them about that metal worker who
started making gym equipment in his
basement and now designs gyms for
college and professional football teams.
Tell them about the professor who left his
tenured job at the local university when
his infrared grill business finally took off.
Tell them about the mining entrepreneur
who brought the right experts together to
get a new production technology off the
ground. Tell them about the guy with the
fab shop who built a future on highway
guardrails and a whole lot of hard work.
To folks who are down on the future,
who are down on their generation’s
possibilities, who are down on America
and all the people who continue to build
this country, these true stories – the ones
you encounter every day, the ones that
show how the little guy still has such
incredible power to build – might be some
of the best Christmas cheer you could