Glen Graber was born to an Old Order Amish couple in Indiana. His father was a stubborn man and they were soon asked to leave this community. His family moved from fellowship to fellowship, but never abandon their love for God and family. He was the oldest of his siblings, and naturally had a deep felt responsibility to care for his younger siblings. His mother struggled with her health for many years, and when she finally succumbed to cancer, this responsibility became all the more pressing. Although he never intentionally went out to build an industry leader, he dedicated himself to working hard and keeping his priorities straight. Faith and family always came first, along with his dedicated work ethic. Through the values that he had learned growing up he was able to build Graber Post Buildings, and able to provide a life for his siblings that his mother had prayed so hard for.
This book could never be compared to the works of other great businessmen. Glen Graber had a life that would make that impossible. Glen never speaks of some great moment of inspiration. He tells a tale of working hard and staying devoted to faith and family. Glen is a simple man, that has done amazing things. His story serves to show that success is available to those who are willing to put in the sweat and tears that building a business requires.
This book is far greater than the story of one man building a large company. This about a man who never turned his back on God or on his family. Through each step of the process of building his company, Glen took his family along for the marvelous ride. He would even put off "work", and take his crew to his father's farm for a day of helping out. The stories in this book are at times humorous and sometimes very sad. Glen exposes his humanity and admits his own simplicity. It is a great book about a great man.
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