Over the years, you’ve probably heard me get worked up about today’s lack of personal responsibility and the government’s tendency to feel like they have to provide everything for people.  But some true Americans are still displaying personal responsibility despite all of the handouts and various government programs offered to them!  And I was recently reminded about a personal story involving someone just like that, hitting the grindstone.

Dude's BBC Sauce 2

Is there anything better than delicious, homemade jars of BBQ sauce?

Years ago, while I was working in my home office on a Saturday, a man showed up at my door.  I immediately recognized him because he had come by a couple times before, about every two or three months.  His wife makes all different types of delicious BBQ sauces, and he always brought new, tasty ones for us to try.

He drove a truck for a living, but when he wasn’t on the road, he knocked on people’s doors selling his wife’s BBQ sauces.  He could have just as easily stayed at home, complained loudly about how he doesn’t make enough money, and watched a football game or two.  Instead, he took personal responsibility for his livelihood! 

Because I admired him, I bought two jars from him for $25 almost every time, whether I needed them or not.  I’m sure you would do the same!

Now for a little math.  For two jars, I would guess his costs are less than $5 in total (jars, ingredients, gas for the car).  The time it took to make them and sell them was probably less than 20 minutes.  That makes for a net profit of $20 per two jars.  Multiply that by three since it can be done three times in an hour, and that’s $60 an hour!  Not too shabby.  If he keeps that up for a few weekends and sells two jars to 200 houses, that’s $4,000 he is pocketing a few times a year.

He and his wife may be making an extra $15,000 to $20,000 a year all because they have taken personal responsibility for themselves!  That kind of hard work to improve quality of life just warms my heart.

Over the years, you’ve probably heard me get worked up about today’s lack of personal responsibility and the government’s tendency to feel like they have to provide everything for people.  But some true Americans are still displaying personal responsibility despite all of the handouts and various government programs offered to them!  And I was recently reminded about a personal story involving someone just like that, hitting the grindstone.

Years ago, while I was working in my home office on a Saturday, a man showed up at my door.  I immediately recognized him because he had come by a couple times before, about every two or three months.  His wife makes all different types of delicious BBQ sauces, and he always brought new, tasty ones for us to try.

Dude's BBC Sauce 2

Is there anything better than delicious, homemade jars of BBQ sauce?

He drove a truck for a living, but when he wasn’t on the road, he knocked on people’s doors selling his wife’s BBQ sauces.  He could have just as easily stayed at home, complained loudly about how he doesn’t make enough money, and watched a football game or two.  Instead, he took personal responsibility for his livelihood! 

Because I admired him, I bought two jars from him for $25 almost every time, whether I needed them or not.  I’m sure you would do the same!

Now for a little math.  For two jars, I would guess his costs are less than $5 in total (jars, ingredients, gas for the car).  The time it took to make them and sell them was probably less than 20 minutes.  That makes for a net profit of $20 per two jars.  Multiply that by three since it can be done three times in an hour, and that’s $60 an hour!  Not too shabby.  If he keeps that up for a few weekends and sells two jars to 200 houses, that’s $4,000 he is pocketing a few times a year.

He and his wife may be making an extra $15,000 to $20,000 a year all because they have taken personal responsibility for themselves!  That kind of hard work to improve quality of life just warms my heart.