Through the course of my life, both in personal and professional spheres, I have oftentimes been called a storyteller. Sometimes, I think it was meant as a compliment, and sometimes, I think it maybe wasn’t. Whatever the case, it is a title I proudly own. I have always enjoyed weaving a good tale and have been fortunate enough to have led a life that has lent itself to a story or two.
The same can be said of my business, Mustang Marketing. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of when my wife, Randi, and I started Mustang. This year seems more nostalgic than most. Thirty is a nice round number, which usually means some sort of celebration (we are having a huge bash on the 28th of April, I’ll provide more on that as we get closer) and, of course, at 58 years old, it’s a bit easier to see the finish line than it has been in past years.
My two favorite authors of all time are John Steinbeck and Mark Twain, and I’m guessing it’s not a coincidence that they are also the two best storytellers I have ever read. I do not put myself anywhere near their storytelling abilities, but I do hope to follow, even a little, in their huge footsteps. And so, in the same vein and as a result of my recent nostalgia, I plan on writing a series of blog posts about things that have happened at Mustang over the past 30 years.
Some posts will be funny, some will be a little sad and some will most certainly be embarrassing for me, but I’m expecting that the passage of time will make it easier for me to write the mea culpas. And, I expect some posts will serve as lessons — perhaps obvious ones to most readers, but maybe some new ones, as well. Some posts, no doubt, will serve as reminders for me of lessons learned and forgotten.
And so, with this being said, I will begin what I know will be a great adventure for me and that I hope, equally, will be an entertaining experience for you. If any seem a little too nostalgic, or even self-indulgent, I ask for your understanding and forgiveness in advance.