As we continue our effort to do something deliberately to bring happiness, show kindness and to spread a little Christmas cheer, we took advantage of an opportunity to do so in Raleigh. While speaking at a meeting in the Raleigh area on Wednesday, I surprised a high school classmate with a gift. Richard Creech and I graduated from Clarkton High School far too many years ago. Back then he was the guy who loved to go fast in any car he drove. He knew just about anything there was to know about cars. He love to drag race on the local quarter mile tracks whenever and wherever he could. Since those days, his love for drag racing has continued, though the demands of life have required he have another full-time career. Both of Richard's children are active in the sport and competing on the various levels. Weekend after weekend he travels with them on the circuit.
Some 20 plus years ago, Richard was hired on as barber at ManMur Barbershop, just across the street from the main campus at North Carolina State University, by the longtime owner Mr. Turnipseed. This was and remains a popular place for students to get a traditional haircut and shave. But, Richard, in his approach to business, displays what the original owner instilled in the place for nearly 40 years. When you provide great service to customers you will develop a business and relationships. Richard has continued that line of thinking since he bought the place from Mr. Turnipseed after he retired and later passed away.
What a joy it was for Luke and I to drop by to see Richard for haircut and to give him an autographed model car from a legend in the sport he loves so much. My friend and client Buddy Martin personally signed the car for Richard. We got to surprise him, encourage him and in turn we were blessed with the visit.
Just a little thing to most. It was a Big thing to us. Merry Christmas Richard.