William Beekman, the namesake of the farm and Mercantile, was orphaned at sea, a child soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a businessman who grew his business with such integrity that he rose from humble beginnings to be the first judge of Schoharie County and a Senator—all without any formal education.
Surely he had some flaws that history has erased, but his story seems like a good foundation for creating a new breed of person: not just a handy man, not just an every man, not even just a noble man.
Here are the first ten tips for being a BeekMan:
- Kindness is a gift that anyone can afford. Never show up empty handed.
- A sense of humor is the best defense mechanism. If you can make a person laugh you can completely disarm them.
- Be able to make something with your hands, but not have them show the toil.
- If you want to be the boss, remember that a person who is appreciated will do more than what is expected.
- The most expensive part of your wardrobe should be your shoes. If you want someone to walk a mile in yours, then you have to do the same. (That’s 2,000 steps in that little thingie you are wearing on your wrist.)
- You can always tell the quality of a person by the types of things that bother them
- Learn to read your own body language because everyone around you is very fluent in it
- Manliness is not just about taking care of yourself, but of taking care of others.
- The first one to get angry will always lose.
- Your birthday suit should fit you better than anything else you own. Learn to take care of it.
- Always go one step further than people expect you to