Archive for January, 2015

Making Someone Else Successful

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Making yourself successsful is what is taught today. Parents tell this to thier kids. Teachers teach it at schools. Colleges have classes for this thought.

Have you heard of parents telling their children, “do something today that will help make someone successful”? Is it heard of teachers telling their students, “think of ways you can make a classmate successful today”. I wonder if there would be many colleges that could fill their classes that were teaching, “How to make others successful”.

These are not common thoughts but that is what my goal is, “to make someone else successful”. That is the underlying principle of my lapidary work. I want someone else to be successful as they use the stones I sell.

There are several ways in which I try to accomplish my goal. One way is to produce a product they will enjoy using. Recently, I have been reminding my customers that it is God who made the rocks for us to use. I tell them that I am fortunate that God has allowed me to work at cutting and polishing some of his stones. I am thankful for this and this helps me to do the best that he has helped me learn how. I try to produce top quality stones.

The reason I want my stones to have the best polish I can put on them is to help my customers be successful. When my customers have a collection of stones that are well polished, they can feel successful in accomplishing their goal of collecting a variety of good looking stones. When they feel successful, I have been successful in accomplishing my goal.

Some of my customers make pieces of jewelry for family,  friends or their own customers. I want these customers to feel successful in what they produce. They are using the talent God has given them to produce a work of art. I want them to feel successful when they give or sell an item they have put their hands into making. This can come when those who receive the item offers them thanks for a beautiful gift.

As I think about my customers whose main goal is to sell their finished pieces, I want to help  them to be successful. I want their products to sell. I feel I have a part in this process. I will start by again saying that I want  my effort to make a good product so they will enjoy  working with the stones.  I want the stones to have a good polish so that is is pleasant to look at. Another way I try to help them be successful is to have a fair price on each stone. I don’t want to over price any item since it is my goal that they be successful in selling it after they have put their work to it also.

Now, let us look at me. Am I successful? I would say, “Yes, I am successful”. My stones keep selling. (Of coarse, God has something to do with this.) So I am successful in selling my stones.  I make enough to pay for the costs of the opperation. In fact, there is some over that could be called profit.

So as long as I am able to keep making stones to make people happy and successful, I will call myself happy and successful.