What can I teach you?

Certainly not spelling, grammar, or punctuation?

So why would you tune in to read the musing and postings from someone that still tends to spell grammar – “grammer”?

Because anyone can learn SOMETHING from anyone else. I have learned humility from the homeless. I’ve learned truth from my four year old grandson. I’ve learned more than I can remember from people who “know” less than me.

I can teach people perseverance.

Read the dedication page of Black Friday – Dedicated to my mother, Cathy Epperson, who claimed never to enjoy “playing devil’s advocate” and shitting on my best ideas. She made me see the down side of everything, which forced me to look up. She is the reason I never quit. Never take “no” for an answer. Never say, “die.” I owe her more than I can say.

She died in 2009 and I miss her every day. I loved her with all my heart and truly owe her more than I would care to admit. And, she did find EVERY SINGLE thing that could go wrong with any idea that I came up with.

She would describe in detail all the ways I was bound to fail at anything I attempted. This forced me to find ways to succeed.

I have owned several businesses in the last 30 years and none have failed, although there was a coffee shop that barely hung on for a few years before we decided to move on to other opportunities.

My success os due to my mother’s relentless struggle to make me see all the ways failure could jump out and take you down. If you’re prepared, you can avoid obstacles. If you know something is coming, you can be prepared.

Always consider all the eventualities.

Starting a new book – Consider the time it will take. Consider the option of self-publishing. Consider all that it will take to reach the end.

Starting a new business – Be prepared to carry it for the first year. Then the second. And then the third. If you really want to succeed, be prepared to work like a dog with almost no pay for the first five years.

Entering a relationship – Consider the other person. Consider whether you are willing to give enough to make it work. Consider if the other person is. Consider whether you want to do it anyway.

Consider every eventuality. Then do it anyway. Follow your heart. Be prepared for failure. Refuse to accept that outcome. Don’t take “No.” for an answer.

Never give up on your dreams.

This is what has brought me to where I am today, happy husband, loving father, successful business owner, breakout author.

Doni’t give up.

Greg J. Gardner
Author of Black Friday – An American Jihad
“Never give up on your dreams, or they will give up on you.”

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