Today we premiere a new weekly blog "LFG (Looking for Group)", written by Matt Morgan, the owner of The Hero Zone comic and game store in downtown Sandusky. Matt will write about the challenges of running a successful small business in the city center, and will keep tabs on trends from the technical and gaming world. Here is his first entry:
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure.” – Gandalf the Grey to Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
These words forever changed a simple halfling’s life, who in turn, touched the lives of unknown tens of thousands of others. Bilbo’s tale (literally) went on over the course of his own long life and into the life of his cousin and only heir, Frodo, during the events in The Lord of the Rings.
While our lives may not be quite as fraught with sword-and-spell adventure nor Cirque de Soleil tier acts of derring-do as those of our fictional heroes, it is true that our actions in our own lifetimes will go on to impact untold quantities of others “in real life”. Thus the great balancing act of owning a business is brought into play here. As the show must go on, the story be written, and the customer is always right, it is with great delight that these things get to be shared with you through this blog that The Sandusky Register has graciously allowed to be presented to its savvy readers.
Speaking personally, it is my hope to provide wit and insight alike into what it takes to own a small business here in the area. By no means can I espouse expertise as I am only six years into the endeavor, but the amount of lessons learned and resources garnered that I can share with other aspiring entrepreneurs will hopefully, like Gandalf’s offer to Bilbo, inspire those in and around our area to greater things! Not to be filled with just business advice “from the trenches”, I also hope to be able to offer advice to our community on topical but still relevant issues such as technology, pop-culture, and a means to bridge generational gaps of communication/understanding between children, parents, and grandparents.
Getting back to the theme of this blog entry, it never hurts to be reminded that even in times of hardship and tragedy we are the heroes of our own story. The words we speak, the actions we take, and the decisions we make all ripple outward as a stone cast into a lake. Page by page, day by day, they add up as we meet new friends, say goodbye to others, or are thrust into physical or moral peril by no will of our own. Unfortunately we often can’t fathom the impact of our choices until after the fact so there isn’t always an immediate return on the investment of time, energy, or money.
Be assured, someone somewhere is taking note of you as your story – even briefly – touches theirs. Ron White’s upcoming act at The State Theater Saturday, Feb. 9, should be a light-hearted reminder of this. But, a dark side there is, and avoid it we must. Especially in a work or living environment where you see many people every day, you can hope to avoid the negativity some bring with them while holding out for that one “hey, nice shirt” or smile that can make all the rest of the day worth it. Holding out hope that there is an adventure, a showing that someone recognizes your talents, waiting for you.
For what it is worth from me to you, friend reader, I hope that our stories will grow together from here forward as we meet once a week to share in an adventure that has been years in the making and will last many more to come.