Yesterday was Caleb's last day before he ventures into his 20s. That means that today is his birthday! :) I have a surprise for him later today that you'll see on the blog tomorrow. So in honor of him beginning a new decade, we had a little interview.
How do you feel about turning 20?
Well it definitely sounds better.
What do you mean?
19 sounds like a baby, and 20 sounds like a man.
Do you feel older?
Kind of. I feel like 20 years ago should be in the 80s sometime.
What year of life has been your favorite so far?
Every year gets better. We're making dreams come true a little bit at a time.
Well, what have been your top three favorite memories of your life so far?
- Finding the most beautiful woman in the world and somehow getting her to like me.
- Fixing the mill with Daddy
- Going on long walks with Mommy and getting lost in the woods when I was little.
What are three lessons you've learned that you'd like to tell others?
Don't be like everyone else. The average man never becomes great. So if you want to be great, you can't be a follower. Your value as a person goes up when theres less people that can do what you do. If you think like everyone else, when you approach a problem, you won't have a solution that other people didn't already think of.
Don't reinvent the wheel. You're life is short, you don't have hundreds of years to become good at different things. So whenever you can absorb other people's experience, it's a good thing. Always keep your eyes open for people that are succeeding in your field and try to figure out what it is that makes them great and then copy them.
Don't listen to people that tell you that you can't do something. When I was first starting New-Tech Tooling, I needed a part made for my mill so I went to some of my teachers at school and asked if they knew of a student that could make it for me and I could pay them. When I told them the part was for a mill, they would say things like, "Don't waste your money", "This would be a great thing to do in 15 years" and one of them just busted out laughing at me. Then he said in front of his whole class, "Hey everybody, this kid's going to have his own shop!" Anyway, none of them really knew what they were talking about, because none of them had ever done it before. If I had listened to them and become discouraged, I would have missed out on all the success we're having now.
What are the top three goals you have for the next decade?
That's a long time. (Pause as he takes a think) Have children, become the top die mold shop in Minnesota...well, that's really all I want to do. At the end of the decade, I would like to start stepping back from the business a bit and have less to do with the day to day operations.
Do you plan on having any pets?
Yes! I'm going to have an Amstaff named Colonel Jefferson III...
But, he's not the third!
I don't care. I love that name! I also want two labs, a boy and girl, named Diesel and Mia. I would also like a bloodhound named Otis. And a goat named Dude.
Well everyone looks like you'll be seeing some goat videos on here someday. Happy Birthday honey!