Happy 4th of July from all of us at Natures Garden! Today is a day to be thankful for the freedoms we have, and to be reminded of how important it is to never take those freedoms for granted. The rights we have in the US are individual rights, not collective rights; thus protecting the individual from mob rule. Very courageous men and women have fought to keep those rights for us, and I am eternally grateful to our military for everything they do for this country. I am also grateful to all of the constitution-supporting elected officials who fight everyday to keep our freedoms alive and well. Without personal freedoms, it would be very difficult to make the American Dream come true.
My personal life story, I have been told, is a story of the American Dream that came true. I say this with all humbleness, and thoroughly understand that my American Dream story did not come true simply by my efforts or my business knowledge alone. My American Dream came true by building a team of people who were committed to making Natures Garden a success, and due to the customers who have believed in us over the years. Back in 1997 when we started Natures Garden, the only thing we had going for us was a “commitment to a dream”. Working out of a very small basement, we had no money, very very limited space, and very little help. I knew we needed to find help to make this dream come true, but how in the world would I get people to believe in this dream I had? Let’s face it, the work environment was a far cry from something that looked like it had the potential of success.
I told myself that if my company would ever be taken seriously, I would have to treat my dream with respect, and get people to work with me who believed in that dream too. I surrounded myself with people who believed in me and the company dream. Being only 29 years old, fired up with ambition, I was some how able to sleep only a few hours a night without killing myself. Everyday I would say to my team, “Failure is not an option”.
You see, nothing in life has come easy to me. At one point in my life, living in a small trailer, I could not even afford fuel oil to stay warm in the middle of winter. Even at the lowest point in my life, I never thought I had it rough. I simply picked up extra shifts waitressing to make ends meet. For some reason, God has always provided. Things do not fall into my lap, and if there is such a thing as “luck”, I sure have none. What I have is an obsessive work ethic, and an uncontrolled optimism that great things can and will happen when you remain committed to what you want to achieve. In America, if you dream it, you truly can achieve it. It may not be easy (it sure wasn’t for me), but we do have a system that allows ambitious people to reach their dreams.
After 16 years in business, I look back and I am truly thankful for the Freedoms I have in America. Without those rights, and without elected officials who fight to keep those rights, small businesses in America would not exist. I am thankful to all of our customers who have believed in us over the years. I am thankful for the amazing team I get to work with at Natures Garden. These people truly care about our customers, and they care about their personal performance. God bless all of you, and may God continue to Bless the USA!