I spent most of my early summers on a cattle farm with my grandparents in Dawn, Missouri, population 640. Being a small wimpy kid from the city you might be able to imagine I wasn’t always thrilled about being there. BUT, every summer I looked forward to the one thing. The week when all hell broke loose, Peanut Week. The big city, Chilicothe MO population a little over 8000 was where it all happened. My brother and I would look forward to Peanut week all summer. Why was Peanut Week so cool you ask, scratching your head thinking what the hell is this guy talking about? And why am I still reading this?
Once a year for an entire week the hardware store would put out heaping wheel barrels of unshucked peanuts. FREE! ALL YOU COULD EAT! They didn’t sweep the floor the ENTIRE week. We would eat the peanuts and throw the shells all over the floor. I never got to throw food on the floor at home or anywhere else in my orderly world. We could run around and stomp on the shells that everyone else had thrown down. If you were lucky enough to go late in the week it was truly a mess. A glorious mess to an eight year old with very strict grandparents.They were breaking all the rules. All rules were suspended in that Hardware store for that week. God it was great. Business owners who are standing out from the crowd are the ones who are breaking the rules. They are challenging the status quo about how business is done. They are heretics. Come join me in my quest for heretics. I am starting an on going posting which highlights business owners who are striking out and doing things differently, uniquely and most notibly being remarkable.
If you know of anyone who is remarkable please post a comment and let me know who they are so I can interview them and write about how they are standing out in the crowd.
I’m looking forward to my interview of Ryan Maybee who runs Manifesto. He is standing out and being creative and remarkable. Find out what makes Ryan remarkable next week.