Sunday, September 2, 2012

I Built This... For Real???

Let's get this straight... I am as right-winged, elephant-lovin, conservative as they come! 99.9% of the time the private sector can do it BETTER than the government. Reagan was 100% RIGHT when he said "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." 

So when I heard Obama say "you didn't build that" as a small business owner I was appalled! Who did he think built it? Who spent hours upon hours working while other people my age were "going out"? Who risked going broke to buy a new piece of equipment or to hire a new employee? Who didn't sleep at night hoping someone would pay tomorrow so that the bills could be paid? Who canceled vacation because there was too much work to do? Who made deliveries every time they got in their car? Who had their babies sleep in t-shirt boxes because we wouldn't be going home that night. Who lost thousands of dollars because a mistake was made on an order???

I will tell you who it WASN'T... it WASN'T the government!

But to say "I Built It"... for real???  now something rubs me wrong about that too.

So who did? Who built it?

My friend Stacey was always there for us. When Dwain and I were working until 2 or 3 in the morning, Stacey would bring us dinner. She would clean our house, do the laundry, even come and VOLUNTEER her time at Creator Designs stacking shirts, organizing anything she found undone. Over the years lots of friends have been there, supporting us, filling in our gaps.

Stacey and many other friends built it!

We found out Dwain had carpal tunnel and realized it wouldn't work for him to print the shirts manually for years to come. My dad suggested we look into an automatic press. YIKES, the thought of that scared us. The cheapest one we could find was $25,000 and there was no way we could afford that! Scared to death I called my Grandpa Hudson (successful farmer/businessman who had worked hard all his life) trying to feel him out, get his thoughts on us spending that much money. He eagerly  said "Yes I think you should buy that and I want to lend you the money." The confidence he gave us that day will never be forgotten.

Grandpa Hudson and our families built it!

Dwain was raised on a small, family farm in Eldon, MO. He spent every weekend working at the grain elevator his father owned and every evening feeding and caring for the animals around his house. He often tells our boys about scooping manure out of the hog houses in the freezing cold. His parents were hard workers and taught Dwain to do the same. Nothing comes easy, nothing is gained without sacrifice. The investment the Banners made in raising a God-fearing, relentless man pays-off tenfold.

Charlie & Mary Kay Banner built it!

Our first location was a rental. Every building after that was owned. We would buy an older building, remodel and operate out of it until there was no inch left... then move again. Every time we bought a building we had the advice and financing from my parents. They would come into town, check out the building with us, then graciously offer to finance. They made sacrifices to see our business move forward and succeed.

Rex & Sara Austin built it!

The 1st person that ever let Creator Designs print their shirts is Hale's Fireworks. After 21 years and thousands of t-shirts Jane Hale and Hale's Fireworks is still doing business with Creator Designs. Jane was so patient so many times. She's seen us through the ups and downs. Customers like Hale's don't come around often, but somehow Creator Designs has been blessed with too many to count! They could go anywhere, screen printers are a dime a dozen, but customers continually make it possible for us to keep the doors open and the presses running.

Hale's Fireworks and the customers of Creator Designs built it!



Words cannot express the investment the employees of Creator Designs have deposited. It was their talents, their ideas, their hours, their volunteering, their sacrificing that made Creator Designs successful!!! There is not a harder working, more positive, smarter, skilled group of people than ours. ALL of them could take better paying, more prestigious jobs than what they have with us. They are ALL over-educated and over-qualified for their position, and YET they invest in this small t-shirt company.

The former and current employees of Creator Designs built it!


"Every good and perfect gift is from above. coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

EVERYTHING we have ultimately comes from HIM. Our talents, our skills, our money, our customers, our wonderful employees, our inspiring parents, our ability to wake up and put our shoes on every morning...

When no one is there and all motivation is gone, we look to HIM. When resources are low, we look to HIM. When we desperately need a new employee, we look to HIM. When we need divine guidance, we look to HIM!

Our Heavenly Father builds it!!!



So you see... it was built! President Obama was right about one thing, it wasn't just us that built it. It wasn't the government... it was the those around us and mostly it was a gift from our loving, heavenly Father!

7 comments:

E.A. Love said...

Appreciate this post, Trina. I've really been struggling with the way that hardcore Republicans have ripped that quote out of context and spun it into a self-centric "I built this" response. I have always respected the way that you and Dwain worked hard and sacrificed to build your business while never yielding the point that great people had been a part of it and an even greater God was the one who was blessing it.

Jenifer said...

I love this !! You are an awesome family and have an awesome business. Bolivar is blessed to have Creator Designs =) Thanks for sharing your story and how it all began and has remained successful.

JDTapp said...

David Brooks wrote a good op-ed along these lines:
Link

Anonymous said...

Well said Trina! To God be the glory!

-Kyle Garber

The Ingolds said...

LOVE this post!

Grateful to have been a part of the Creator Designs family. Hands down, best place I've ever worked!

Anonymous said...

this whole meme has gotten ridiculously out of control.

the end of this speech says:

"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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

Now, while it's true that the sentence, "Somebody else made that happen" SHOULD have been, "somebody else HELPED make that happen", the summary of the speech iterates the point of it all.

Roads, bridges, building materials (concrete, lumber, drywall, paint, electrical supply/wires/insulation, etc.), skilled labor, automobiles/fuel, police/security, and SO many more of those things that contribute to each of us having what we have, would not be possible (or else extremely difficult) if we operated independent from one another.

Intelligent, rational people can see the truth in this statement, and to those who try to spin it to extract some other crazy message from it - including a statement that 'the government built it' - here is my request from you: please stop.

There are enough distractions from the things that truly matter in life (loving and respecting one another and selflessly serving our brothers and sisters), and we do not need yet another.

Thanks in advance.
S

Anonymous said...

Addressing the portion of this speech that states:

"The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

This is false. Government research did indeed create the internet, but the purpose was for military use (initially for the Pentagon), and the government funding for that research and development was provided by You and I, the US Taxpayer.

Allowing companies to make money off of the internet was the least of their concerns.

Could this mean that Obama deliberately lied/concealed the truth from his audience? Perhaps.
Could it also mean that he is human, and makes mistakes? Probably. Does he "build" all his own speeches without any help from anyone else? Nope.

Let us all please remember to take anything (perhaps everything) our politicians say with a grain of salt.

Bob Marley noted that " All world politics is just things to keep the people divided and foolish and put your trust in men when the truth is them can't do nothing for ya."
Was his English perfect and grammatically correct? No. Should the semantics be the focus, rather than the content? You decide.
American's abbreviated historical memory allows them to place their faith in men (sometimes a woman) every four years, then consistenly recoil in shock and surprise when they are invariably disappointed.

Time to wake up!!

 
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