Last year, while living in Prescott, AZ I heard a man on the radio telling a unique story of how he got the idea for his business at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It came to him in a dream while he was working down there, he woke up, and wrote it all down, and then implemented it. That man, Warren G. Tracy launched the Busted Knuckle Garage and grew it into a thriving enterprise.

A few days later I was wandering around, exploring my new digs, and walked up to the Busted Knuckle Garage, not far from Prescott’s Historic Courthouse Square. I had my dog with me, so I just looked in the windows. The owner, Mr. Tracy, noticed me out there, invited us in, and showed me around. Then it dawned on me, that he was the guy I heard on the radio a few days before. I found him to be quite affable and of course because he welcomed my dog, I never forgot him or his business. In fact, when he was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in November of 2006 with a business award, I saved the issue and dropped it off.

A few months after than I took my car in for service in Surprise, AZ and my mechanic had a Busted Knuckle Garage sign on the wall. I chuckled and let him know that the company was based 90 miles up the road in Prescott.

Now, one year later, I opened up the latest issue of Entrepreneur Magazine and started reading inspirational quotes. The first one jumped out at me:

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t”

I thought, wow! Isn’t that the truth! In order to have a thriving business that can withstand all economies and the test of time, you have to be willing to suffer a bit.

Back to the quote–the attribution read: A STUDENT IN MY ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLASS, submitted by Warren G. Tracy of the Busted Knuckle Garage, Prescott, AZ

Thanks for sharing that Warren. I hope your business is still doing GREAT!

The world gets smaller all the time.

–Susan Geary, CERW/1st Rate Resumes