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Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: Bob You’ll Fail
By Ken Ebright
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Dinner was on the table, he sat down, Judy, his wife joined him.
"Honey, I've got a big announcement. I put in my two weeks notice at the school district, and bought a Pizza Factory franchise."
Judy clenched her jaw. "You what?"
Bob's face glowed. "Honey, I wanted to surprise you."
"Bob, this is a major decision. What about your pension?"
"Judy, calm down!"
Judy stared at Bob. "What do you know about making pizzas?"
Bob picked up his fork and started to eat his salad. "If you give me a chance, I'll explain."
Judy picked up a knife to put butter on her roll, then threw it down on the table. "Where did you get the money?"
"From our savings account."
Judy's eyes rolled. "Why, did you do this? Again what's the explanation?"
Bob cut his steak with his knife. "I've always wanted to be my own boss. You know I am a good cook. I rented a retail location across from the high school. Weâ€™ll get a boatload of business. Kids like pizza and like going out to eat after the big game. I 'm a well liked teacher, my reputation will bring the bucks in."
"This will fail big time!"
"The Pizza Factory Corporation helps the franchises get up and running. They help to pay, at first, for advertising. They will also pay for one of those search lights to be out in front of the restaurant. Weâ€™re going to be okay, trust me." Bob bit into his steak.
Two years later, Bob walked into the house. He was about to flip on a light switch when he noticed the candles on the table, along with the white table cloth, the cloth napkins and the smell of roasted duck. There was also music playing in the background.
His wife walked into the dining area. "Surprise."
"Honey, I don't know what to say."
Bob's mouth dropped open.
Judy smiled and batted her eyes. "You donâ€™t have to say anything."
"What's the occasion?"
"This is a victory celebration."
Bob's eyes rolled. "For what?"
"Youâ€™ve been a successful business owner for two years. I also wanted to say I'm sorry for not
"I love you Judy." The two of them embraced.
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