Good morning everyone! It’s about 8am EST, but I’ve naturally been up since about 5ish. I had this revelation as I had my cup of coffee earlier, this clinching “BLING!” like the cartoon light bulb that pops up over the head in cartoons. It’s been 2 and a half weeks since I’ve moved into my new place and I can’t tell you enough how much I love it. You’re all aware of what a hurtle it was to finally find something permanent and real, something clean and stable. After life in the woods, then the roach infested flop house, I finally found a place that I can set my boots in, toss my cowboy hat to the side, dive into bed and go, “ahhhhhh.” Everyone was so supportive in helping me acquire this. I’ve had orders for bears from all over the planet, well wishes from every point in the universe. “Let’s save the homeless guy who knits teddy bears!” And you did.
You saved this little soil wrapped, skinny, freckled red head. You saved him and his cat….then I started thinking, I can’t wake up everyday being “the homeless guy” the world saved. I’m not that man anymore. What happens next? Where once these teddy bears were the thing that saved me from starvation and homelessness, that can’t be the issue anymore. I’ve been saved somewhat. I have a home. I’ve eaten better in the last two weeks than I have in a year. And hopefully, my weight will go back up from its current 120 pounds to a normal weight.
So, I woke up with this groggy eye, this dark search for my jeans on the floor so I could head to the kitchen to make coffee, where it hit me.
I am a business man.
And I’m not solitary in this, heavens no. I like to think of myself as a publicly traded company. Gregory Patrick™. I think of everyone who has supported me with the purchase of bears as my investors, my board of directors, my go to peeps for insight, direction, marketing advise, expertise. YOU are the people I work for. I’m just the CEO of a fledgling start-up that has all the potential in the world to save another soul somewhere in the world. I’ve often said, the one thing I want more than anything is to be a success…..so that I can be a philanthropist. I want to help others in the same manner that all of you helped me. I want to make money to get this company running, so that I can employ others, or rather, teach others that your hobby just may be the thing that saves you in this rough economy. Do what you love, the money will follow. No product is better served than those that come from the soul. The more successful I am, the more yarn I can buy, keeping other business afloat to a degree, keeping other people employed.
SO! That is where we stand now. I am Gregory Patrick. YOUR employee. YOU tell me where you want this company to go, what direction you’d like it take, how you want it to flourish. Should we continue with teddy bears that would rival the Steiff? Or shall we move into other things?
I have a full pot of coffee, a pot of soup on the stove to nibble at throughout the day. I’ll be sitting here knitting up all the rest of the bears from the Bear-A-Thon from last month. But, I have to get supplies coming in, I have to get inventory going out. And this is critical. This company will fail quickly if nothing moves out soon.
With a burning ambition, and a desire to aspire to a level that would allow me to pay all of this forward, I’ll be here throughout the day, waiting to hear from all of you, waiting to take Gregory Patrick™ to the next level.