Where did it all start? It all started with this cowboy hat. My family has owned the same ranch in TX for over 30 years. As a kid I worked with my dad and grandfather every day with whatever they wanted me to do. As I got older I had other dreams of getting off the ranch and doing my own thing (as everyone does at times in their life). As I went off to college, I saw how different things were in the universities and how they try to mold you for what “society wants.” It really didn’t sit well with me and if I sat back to look at what I had learned over the course of 4 years, I really had nothing to show for it. If I thought back on what I learned at the ranch, it was a lifetime of knowledge about business and life. I was a very hard worker and willing to do anything to get the job done but I didn’t fit with the typical corporate people who just wanted a paycheck.
I grabbed this hat and went back to the ranch so I could help push the family business forward. I’ll never forget the look on my dad’s face when I said, “This is where I’m meant to be and I want to continue to learn from you.” That look will live with me for the rest of my life and continues to be my motivation every day. Running a business or ranch is not easy but I would never do anything else. I don’t like to think that “I lost my way” for a little while, I consider it “making me realize what I had along was what I needed.”
Don’t be intimidated by starting a business or going into business with family, it could be the best thing for you. There’s no roadmap for life but that’s why as small business owners we need to stick together and encourage one another. Here’s to all the business owners and crazy cowboys out there, let’s keep pushing each other even when others won’t listen to us.
I Am A Mom and Pop.