On Saturday, President Obama gave a speech in Roanoke, Virginia. The speech was meant to rally his supporters and hit home his belief that every good thing that happens, happens because of our great government. In the speech, he said:
“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there…
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen….”
President Obama is right, but he’s also completely wrong. To illustrate, I’d like to share my own small business story and I’d like to give credit where it belongs.
In 1982, I found a cake decorating kit on sale at JC Penney. I purchased that kit with money that I’d earned deboning chicken at a chicken production facility. I took that kit home, read all the instructions and started practicing. Later, I bought several more books about how to decorate cakes and continued to practice making cakes for family and friends.
Fast forward twelve years. I was now married and decided I’d like to own my own wedding cake shop. I purchased all the necessary licenses and equipment. My husband and I bought a house with a basement kitchen that met the required specifications and I offered to make free wedding cakes for a few people I knew who were getting married. I took pictures of those cakes and created a price book and order forms. I paid for my own telephone listing and made the leap.
Over the years, my business grew. I paid for my business to have a booth at bridal shows, I advertised, and each year I filed and paid my licensing fees and income taxes.
After a couple of years, I brought on an intern who learned the business and eventually opened her own wedding cake business in another area, helping support her family without the need of food stamps or government programs.
A couple of years after that, I hired an employee. She wanted to earn some extra money to pay for her husband’s schooling so they wouldn’t have to go into debt.
I, along with my employee, worked until I moved and had to close my business. I experienced nearly twelve years of successful ownership of that business. For twelve years, my business helped my family and two other families to be self-sufficient while providing a desired service to others.
Now I’d like to give credit where credit is due. I had parents who taught me that I could do hard things. Because of them, I had the courage to take on a job with risks that scare many people. I had the confidence to make a product that had to be right the first time. Second chances were out of the question. I had the confidence to get in a car and deliver my product without too much freaking out about how scary it was to be solely responsible for an anxious couple’s wedding cake. Thanks, Dad and Mom, for teaching me to have that confidence.
I had parents and teachers who taught me to read. This allowed me to teach myself how to make cakes. My parents paid their taxes to help pay the teachers. So thank you to my teachers and again, my parents.
I had pretty good roads to deliver my cakes on. Thank you to all taxpayers who pay their taxes so that the infrastructure was there so I could deliver my cakes.
Thank you to a God who bestowed on me talents and abilities and a good mind, so I could not only learn to make beautiful cakes, but I could strategize about how I wanted to grow my business, when I should take on employees, and what bridal shows and advertising avenues I should pursue to make my business exactly like I wanted it to be.
And now I’ll give myself the appropriate due credit. I had the idea. I spent hours learning my skill. I invested my own money in equipment and supplies so I could teach myself. I got up each morning and worked in a hot kitchen, putting in hours and hours and hours to fulfill orders. I sat down with brides and their entourages and hammered out the details of sometimes very complicated orders. I schmoozed for hours and hours at bridal shows to drum up business. I interviewed and chose the people who would work with me. I cleaned up after every cake and scrubbed pans and mopped floors. I loaded heavy cakes into the back of my car and delivered them to breathless and beautiful brides. I accepted their praise and on one or two occasions, their frustrations. I filled out all the government reports about how much my business was worth and how much equipment I owned. I kept track of my expenses and income and filed my taxes.
I am a drop in the bucket. My business was small and inconspicuous. However, if we want people to succeed, to create jobs, to pay their taxes so that roads can be built and teachers can be paid, we have to acknowledge the hard work and courage—yes, lots of courage—that an individual has to have in order to build a successful business of any size.
A nanny government doesn’t teach its dependents self-sufficiency, doesn’t encourage ideas, doesn’t inspire courage, and doesn’t breed success.
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