Why do I sell kites?
Published by John Lutter on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Comment(s): 0
Every once in awhile, I ask myself why I sell kites. There are hundreds of businesses out there that I could be running, and probably a few that could be much more lucrative. Believe it or not, kites are not as big a money maker as, say, blenders or trucker hats.
But then I reflect on some of the emails I've received over the years. Like this one that I received the other day with this quote in it:
The girls & I had a blast & my 5 year old LOVED the fairy kite. At one point she was flying the kite by herself & she was yelling “I’m doin’ it! I’m flying a kite all by myself and it’s not a dream!”.
Its hard to believe that I get a chance to have that effect on my customers, but it really shouldn't be a surprise. Over the years, I've received dozens of those types of testimonials along with pictures of happy, smiling kids enjoying their time out in the outdoors with appreciative parents or grand parents.
Don't get me wrong, there are days where I question why I'm doing this, like when I get a frustrated customer that wasn't able to get their kite to fly or when I have to unpack a loaded kite van at midnight. But I can say with 100% certainty that the above quotes are what make me struggle on.
I truly believe that kites are good for the soul, and I can't see a situation where I wouldn't want to share that with everyone that I can. I just don't see any way that anyone would feel the same way about a blender as those kids feel about flying a kite with their parents.
That is why I sell kites.