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May 14, 2017

In a family of 12 children, my father, the oldest of six boys, was told at the age of 14 he was old enough to be on his own.  He found a garage apartment and began working as a mechanic.  He worked to learn the business then opened his own shop in El Campo, Texas at the age of 17. Shortly after, he met my mother and married her two years later.  I was the oldest of four girls and had an older brother.

My mom worked in the family business too by keeping the books and handling the administrative duties.  After preparing all of our meals each day and getting us off on the bus to school, my mom and my baby sister (who was not yet in school) would leave with my dad for the shop.  By the time we arrived home from school, my mom was always there to greet us. On weekends, after chores at home were done, all of us would often head to my dad’s shop to help him. This is where I learned a little about cars.  I learned how check the oil, change the oil, spark plugs and basic engine operati...

March 27, 2017

So, what is it that makes someone leave the security of a paycheck and a 401K plan to jump off the cliff into entrepreneurship? I can’t speak for others but I will give you my reasoning.  

I worked for a very large consulting firm for many years and the thing I found most incredible was the environment where everyone gets a trophy.  The end result in this culture is it breeds mediocrity. The person who planned a party might get the same recognition as someone who identified a huge cost savings and had the initiative to execute a solution.  As a manager, we were told to “cycle” pay increases so the same people weren’t getting an increase each year.  This meant I would be required to give a pay increase to someone who did absolutely nothing toward the business goals and give the slam/dunk, over-performing, stellar employee zero. Believe me, I would fight for the employee that delivered but would ultimately get shot down in the final “calibration”. Yes – all managers would sit in a room an...

January 29, 2017

In a family of 12 children, my father, the oldest of six boys, was told at the age of 14 he was old enough to be on his own.  He found a garage apartment and began working as a mechanic.  He worked to learn the business then opened his own shop in El Campo, Texas at the age of 17. Shortly after, he met my mother and married her two years later.  I was the oldest of four girls and had an older brother.

My mom worked in the family business too by keeping the books and handling the administrative duties.  After preparing all of our meals each day and getting us off on the bus to school, my mom and my baby sister (who was not yet in school) would leave with my dad for the shop.  By the time we arrived home from school, my mom was always there to greet us. On weekends, after chores at home were done, all of us would often head to my dad’s shop to help him. This is where I learned a little about cars.  I learned how check the oil, change the oil, spark plugs and basic engine operati...

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