swing bukowski“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
Charles Bukowski

This quote from Charles Bukowski is clearly written for entrepreneurs. I started Piggy Polish in 2003 with no knowledge of what it would be like to run a company.  I had no idea the time it would take.  Or how I would worry about every detail.   Or how invested I would become in every decision.  Or  how I would handle the stress.  Or how personal I would take every criticism.   Or how I would rejoice in every milestone.  I knew, however, that if I was going to try, I had to go all the way.  And when you think about it, isn’t that true in every aspect of your life? Whether you are an athlete, or a writer, or an artist, or a student, or a counselor, or a politician, or a lawyer, or trying to find your way you have to be ready to lose everything you have and believe in yourself.  Why else even try?

I encourage everyone to read Charles Bukowski.  His story is amazing.  His writing is real and raw and fun and honest.  And that’s what I want Piggy Polish to be to our customers ~ real, honest, fun and approachable.  As we gear up for 2017, know that not much has changed since 2003.  We are still trying to bring you the best possible products, with the best possible ingredients, even if it means jail.  🙂