When you think of gemstones cut in Germany, watches made in
Switzerland, or gold made in Italy what do you think of?
Craftmanship, quality, and innovation are a few of the things that
come to mind. Looking at these three examples you find something
much more indepth. You find a mind set that training will be to the
highest standards, production will have standards of excellence,
marketing will be strictly controlled, and people within the trade
will always have a way to make a living as long as they operate
within the rules. Business is a part of the culture. Rules change as
the cultures mature, but whatever change occurs benefits most of the
industry. Yes, there are mistakes made in not changing quick enough
or takling a gamble on a new innovation. The upside of the culture
surviving and growing far outweighs the downside of the mistakes.
Cradle to grave a person grows in the culture of the business
learning the basic knowledge and skills before being allowed to
venture into the production and innovation of the necessary quality
to compete in a world wide market.
Cradle to grave means to me training in stones and metals as well
all the other training necessary between the ages of 5 to 25 to turn
out a person with skills. Skills necessary to raise a family, enjoy
a high quality of life, and produce a product that will ensure them
and thier off spring will stand a better chance of being successful
I see this attitude missing in most societies. My dream would be
for my legacy to be a part of stones and metal in the USA as a cradle
to grave for children and adults. So far it is still a dream.
Anyone have an idea to get this started?
Gerry Galarneau, in Cool 60-70 degree F Phoenix, Arizona USA, where
my oranges are just ripening, and business is good.