A Crazy Shopkeeper’s Simple Approach to Doing Business
By Gregg “Roosevelt” Harris
Owner/Proprietor of Roosevelt’s Terrariums
I believe that everyone can do well themselves by doing good for others. Without exception.
There are so many opportunities to do good out there in the marketplace, and each one is an opportunity for someone to do well. All anyone has to do is offer a product or service that “delivers the goods” and he or she can do very well in this world. That is the way it works.
But from the beginning there have been those who are not satisfied with doing well by doing good. It’s too slow. They succumb to the temptations of laziness, impatience, and greed. They insist on doing well for themselves by doing harm to others. Their activities may be illegal, as with the mugger on the street. But all too often the harm is entirely legal, as with the business person who takes advantage of his customer’s ignorance. Both should be ashamed of themselves. It’s not right.
Doing Well By Doing Good, One Terrarium at a Time
My little shop is called Roosevelt’s Terrariums for a reason. Like our 26th President, I believe that the solution to laziness and greed in our society is found, not in passing more laws, but rather, in promoting more wisdom and goodness in one another. What we honor we increase. It all comes together when ordinary people make their own personal commitments to do well for themselves ONLY by doing good for others, and then looking for their opportunity to serve.
Theodore Roosevelt used to say, “Do what you can with what you’ve got where you are.” That is where it really has to start. My terrarium shop is my own attempt at doing just that. I am determined to do all the good I can with what little I’ve got to work with right where I am, and in the process, I am doing very well for myself. And I am having the time of my life.
I know it sounds’s crazy. After all, it’s just a shop. But the old hippie and the old Jesus freak in me both refuse to have it any other way. So, how is it going? So far, so good. Business is booming. My terrarium classes are mostly full. I’m enjoying the simple life of a shopkeeper and making lots of new friends. Maybe I’m not so crazy after all.