After I had spent the prerequisite number of years questioning how I could best make a positive difference in the world, the obvious answer finally broke through the clouds. The way to make things better is to help others make things better!
For as long as I can remember, my attitude has been to do things as well as I can. For convenience' sake, Mom and Dad can take the credit for any initial impulse, but on seeing the results of excellence, I adopted the philosophy as my own.
The philosophy served me ill almost as often as it served me well. It seems that society looks askance on behavior outside the norm, as do those individuals who agree with society (i.e., almost everyone). Every success exacted its price, and created its scars.
The question kept coming back: Why was it so hard to produce high quality products, and to get others to do so? The answer proved elusive in the extreme. The supposed answers being touted and purveyed all failed the test of practicality or the test of universality, or both.
Fortunately, an easily useable and widely applicable answer did exist. It turns out that the fundamental underlying principles of quality were not generally known, and that when they became known, quality followed naturally.
So now it is my purpose in life to distribute this hard-won knowledge as widely as possible, to that group which carries more influence on this society than any other besides parents: small business owners. They set the standards; they train the untrained; they determine the future.
No small business with a viable and useful product should fail. Any and all such failures are a result of not knowing and understanding and applying the principles of quality to one or more parts of the business.
If you think I need more motivation for what I do than to help others succeed, you clearly haven't read Small Business Magic.