Friday, June 19, 2009

What can we learn from a young person?

This week a friend of mine shared this wonderful story about his daughter.

My nine year-old just started Gracie's Creamy Heaven Ice Cream Company, "It's heavenly delicious"! She researched Ice Cream Makers, then took a loan from me to buy one. She made 5 different ice creams and found one that was really good. She then made a bunch of samplers and sold them for ten cents and then took orders.

She not only had great Ice Cream, she had the courage to say I am going to do it. She stood outside and watched the cars go by until some stopped. She was determined not to end the day without sales so she turned up the heat on the customers to get the sales. She made $14 off the samplers and another $16 off the pre-orders. She told me that by the end of the day she had learned what people wanted to hear that made them commit to buying.

What you would never guess is at 3 Grace had a stroke that left her with temporary hemiplegia (paralyzed on the left side) and has since made a full recovery. She is an impressive girl who just gets things done!

The line of the day, "You know Dad... I have to start somewhere."

So the next time you see a young person selling Ice Cream, Newspapers or Lemonade why not stop and buy something. You might just learn something!

“Good Character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece by thought, choice, courage and determination.” - John Luther

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