Growing Pains: Building Your Impressions with Lessons Learned-Part Two

Things will happen that are beyond your control, in life and in the sign business.

-Scott Franko

Learning never ends. Growing pains don’t either. The latter breeds the former. I’ve had my share of both over the years. As I look back over my quarter century with my sign business, a number of these experiences stand out. Here’s one of them:

A Visit from the Grim Reaper

While my father in law was trying to recover and I was trying to figure out what I was doing to help with the business, the only person who I felt was actually on my side and did all the heavy lifting of the company, the office manager, suddenly leaned back in her chair and quietly went to sleep at her desk in the middle of the work day. She died of a massive heart attack. You can imagine what I was thinking: What the heck did I get myself into?


The eye-opening lesson is that things happen that you don’t see coming and you are not able to control. When you’re 22 you don’t often consider that. I learned that day to start thinking about that fact more often, and to plan for when they do.

To read Part One of Scott’s “Growing Pains” series, click HERE.

Scott Franko is a solutions provider for business, brand and image through his firm, Franko Design Concepts and Consulting. He formerly owned and operated a multi-division sign, graphics and custom fabrication business. You can locate and contact him online at

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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