By Jim Pilgrim

I have attended a couple of trade shows in the past few weeks. Dang, our competitors are coming out with some products that sure look a lot like ours. I guess we are doing something right. The big dogs in our industry sure seem to be noticing what we are doing. Imitation is criminal…er… I mean flattering.

I never really understood why when competitors cross paths at trade shows, they are uncomfortable and look at each other out of the corner of their eye. Hey, they are just trying to make a living and support their families just like I am. I don’t feel entitled to anything, I want to earn it. And I never want that to change. Without good competition, we all would become lazy and complacent. Success isn’t measured by wins and losses, but by the obstacles overcome along the way. I couldn’t do it without you, my worthy opponent. You make me work hard for everything I get. I know you will always be nipping at my heels and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Last night I woke to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered.” – Bob Seger

I can hear you coming my worthy foes and brothers in Arms. I’ll be here waiting – bring it.