The crowd cheers as my name is called. I walk slowly, in shock, to the podium, and prepare to give my acceptance speech. There are so many people to choose from, but I committed to just sticking to one. The crowd quiets, all eyes are upon me….
“There are so many people I could thank tonight for helping me make it this far, however one person stands out as the one I want to thank for always being there, always believing in me, and always understanding me without me saying a word. My best friend, the very best friend anyone could ever ask for. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes, has stuck with me even when I am sure I was being incredibly obnoxious, has never told me “I told you so,” even when he did. He never tells me I’m an idiot, even when I am. He always lets me think I’m in charge, which we all know, is a great way to handle a woman 🙂
In addition to being the very best friend, he is the very best business partner. His ideas are tremendous, and between the two of us, we could create an empire. His creativity is amazing, and his devotion to continuous improvement is to be commended. He inspires me to work harder and look more deeply at my ideas, even pushing me to think outside the box, or ball, or gnome, depending upon context.
Dreaming big is the way we think. Really Big. Our ideas always start out small, but somehow, by the time they are done, we have the most amazing product, with the greatest potential. I don’t know how we do it. Without my best friend, I would just be a pile of KFC buckets, duct tape, and sponges, with nothing to do.
I’m so proud to be able to accept this award because of the dedication and hard work we have done together. This accomplishment has been years in the making; so thank you!