It has been 12 years since i have started my journey when i opened my own business with nothing but a dream, i was 19 years old. Whew! Time does fly...
A lot happens since i opened the doors to my shop...There was daily pressure and stress of running a business and there was family, relationship, financial and personal issues that made it even tougher. But people who supported me made all the difference...
I remember expressing to my father that we should open an auto repair shop and he responded "Tristan, if you want to open a business, you will have to do it on your own...i will help you but you do it on your own." I didn't understand it then but i understood later...he wanted me to be independent, to make choices and decisions on my own, to pull my own weight and to figure things out, make mistakes and learn from it all.
My Mother innately an entrepreneur taught me many things about business but one advice she gave me that will live with me forever comes in the form of three words... "Never Give Up". Cliche as it sounds, it taught me determination, perseverance, and strength. To never give up on yourself, To never give up on the people that depend on you... To "never give up" is the same advice i will teach my children.
To my Mom and Dad, i am forever thankful and grateful.
Now, that i look back i can barely even remember the "feeling"of hardships i went through but what i remember clearly are the people that supported and helped me go thru them to this day. These people are family, friends, my team and customers. So, i would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your ongoing support and I only have gratitude, respect and love for ya'll and you know who you are...This is truly something to be thankful for.
From Me, My Family and the Real Autohaus Team and from the depths of our hearts...Have a Great and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!