About the Book

“I’ve been running my own company for twenty-nine years. Most of that time I’ve been closer to failure than to prosperity. I wrote this book to shine light on the day-to-day life of a small business owner. I chose to record the events of a single year, 2012, in which I faced a complex mix of opportunities and challenges. I didn’t try to divide the experience into neat lessons, because that’s not how they happened. Instead, I take the reader along with me as I figure out what to do next. It was a hard year. I made a critical business mistake that nearly killed the company, and at the same time I struggled with a difficult family situation. It all makes a great story, especially because I’m still in business today.” – Paul Downs