Random Thoughts

To A New Year

2015 was a great year for KARATS in a lot of aspects. Not only we won the Best Of Weddings from The Knot 3 years in a row ( 2014, 2015 and now 2016) we once again became the ONLY Tacori Platinum Partner for 2016 in Kansas. Verragio also renewed our Exclusive Verragio Premiere Boutique Status as its only store in entire Kansas City Metro. As KARATS continued to grow we also added prestigious watch brands such as Tudor, Longines, Luminox and more.

We did also endure some setbacks which included the 2 robberies at KARATS within 60 days. However, those setbacks did not keep us or our loyal customers from making it a great year. It actually has helped us further in implementing some changes, adding new and expanded security systems and close coordination with the great city of Overland Park we live in. It was also amazing to see how much the community cared for us and outpoured their love and support to KARATS and us. Family, friends, vendors and the City came forward to extend the most helping hand we have ever seen. To them we will always be grateful.

Personally, I’m also grateful for the growth and the opportunities we have had to continue growing KARATS. I have always believed in a great saying “The Journey To A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step”. KARATS is indeed a dream. It is larger than life and our American Dream that we have build with love and dedication. There is a fundamental difference between businesses. Those at the helm who see it merely as a business will be complacent but those that treat it like a love and passion will continue to invest in its growth for the greater good. Jim Collins in his book Good To Great said it right “Their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.” As we continue to turn the pages of 2016 I cannot wait to see what is in-store for us. I am looking forward anxiously to what this year brings in many fronts personally and professionally.

Happy New Years and make this year the greatest ever. Our dreams are dreams for all of us to achieve together. Together we move mountains.

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS ~ Our 6 Generation Dream, A Passion, A Love and foremost Our American Dream.

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Karats Akshay Andy Anand

Stumbling Your Way To Greatness

Stumbling your way to greatness

As Seth Godin says ~

“One reason people who spend a lot of time thinking about and working on a problem or a craft seem to find breakthroughs more often than everyone else is that they’ve failed more often than everyone else.”

Those who dare to fail greatly can succeed greatly as well. Falling often means you learn more than those that didn’t fall as much. I love to fall, that means I have learned something that I did not know before and I tried more than others did. Falling is a beautiful thing. If Thomas Edison didn’t try every single time he failed imagine where we would be. He failed at least a 1000 times. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.  Never Quit!

I leave you with this thought. My strength comes from the words of a great poem by Sir William Earnest Henley called the Invictus. It says :

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Tacori Pretty In Pink

Tacori

Tacori

We just received the pretty in pink collection from our amazing and gorgeous designer TACORI. I personally enjoy working with manufacturers and designers that have a vision deep into the future for the welfare of everyone involved. Tacori is such a company. There ability to be on the cutting edge and represent the newest trends makes them a unique and one of a kind designer. I hope that you would take time to visit KARATS and see this collection in person as it radiates amazingness from all angles .

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS – A 6 generation family business

 

 

 

With Gratitude You Reach New Heights

Im grateful for the friendships and partnerships that we have in the amazing jewelry industry I belong too. Recently KARATS was awarded as the # 1 Engagement Ring Store by The Knot Magazine and within weeks we received a fabulous honor from Vanna K Designer Brand.

We were bestowed with the # 1 performing Vanna K Dealer in Entire America for 2013. As I am reflecting on these honors I have to say that it cannot be done without the humble support of my family, friends, Karats Team Members, Customers, Vendors & Designers and each one of you that truly cares for us.

Each day I hope that I can exemplify Humbleness, A heart filled with Gratitude and Most Importantly Always Putting Others First. I keep in my heart the biblical quote from Matthew “The First Shall be The Last, The Last Shall Be The First And The Servant Amongst You Would Be The Greatest.” It is with the servant like attitude I hope to impact every life I touch.

I share with you the highest of honors that WE ( Entire KARATS Team ) received from Vanna K – http://blog.vannak.com/2014/01/a-beautiful-partnership-karats-jewelers.html

Wishing everyone a Grand 2014. Do not let anything stop you from being the greatest you ever can be.

Akshay Andy Anand

KARATS

01/19/2014

The value for Quality, Dependability and Peace of Mind

Every day we make choices and decisions based on price, quality, speed, comfort and other reasons that make us choose why we do business with one company over the other.

There is one thing for sure, the extra cost for quality, dependability and peace of mind will always trump the low cost commodity. In today’s time and era literally everything has become a commodity. From the dentist office to air travel to even food. Walmart has gained its popularity in the presumption and many times being the lowest price in many things. The jewelry industry is one of the highly commoditized businesses as well, I face every day on how we can differentiate ourselves , how and what sets us apart.

I share with you a recent experience when I flew Frontier to to Los Angeles on a business trip. Despite the fact that I took the earliest flight to California our flight was not only cancelled and we weren’t notified with no agent at the gate 10 min before boarding. Customer service at the check in counter was not even close to being courteous and the 1-800 number that I called to find a different flight kept me on hold for an hour and fifteen minutes with a recording that said my wait is 7 minutes every 10 minutes. Waiting patiently with zero to none customer service I rebooked my flight to California with Southwest on my iPhone app within minutes and arrived for my business convention right on time (talk about convienience). On my return flight from L.A. Frontier would charge me $1.95 for a small cup of soda or juice that is provided as service with others. It surely made me think of the important questions. What is the price for DEPENDABILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND ? The hundred dollar difference between Southwest and Frontier caused more agitation and frustration than what it could have been if I choose the service of a company that keeps customer service , Quality, Dependability on the forefront.

So, the important question to ask and consider is when you need a company to deliver on a timely fashion, get you to your destination on time, or provide exceptional service and peace of mind who would you choose? More often than none it’s not going to be the Walmarts or the Frontiers of the world, but the slightly expensive company that provides a valuable and pleasurable experience at a marginal cost difference.

I know the difference of what DEPENDABILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND looks like. I hope you do too with the many choices we all make everyday. There is a reason why Apple, Southwest, Starbucks, Zappos, Target, Chipotle, Quick Trip, Verragio & Tacori are the leading pioneers in their industry.

Here is a quick hint and a great way to choose a business that will always be ahead of the curve and will always deliver more than minimum: LOCAL, FAMILY OPERATED, PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, A COMPANY WHERE EMPLOYEES ARE PUT BEFORE CUSTOMERS (happy employees make happy customers) . These operations are hungry for success and value EACH AND EVERY CUSTOMER that comes their way. I speak for them as I am one of them. I know them and know how we value every soul that we touch.

Think again the little difference, the marginal cost of a Verragio or Tacori vs a Chain Store price on the look alike ring and think again who will deliver QUALITY, DEPENDIBILITY, RELIABILITY AND PEACE OF MIND.

I’m going back to sharpening our pencil on how to be exemplary and provide more than minimum. The best advice I ever got was “It’s all in the Extra Mile”

Akshay Anand
Passionate Jeweler of a 6 Generation Family Owned Business
Overland Park, KS

A picture is worth a thousand words

Tears my heart to see this. A picture is worth a thousand words.

That kid that wants to study is perhaps the most hard working and appreciate human being than those that are simply privileged.

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Greatness.

“I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone, in any way, shape, or form. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That’s me…and I’m free.” ~Unknown
We all live once, what matters is what we do with our lives. What we do with seconds we have each day. Make a difference and leave this world better than what you found it as. That is living, That is revolutionary and that is epic.
Akshay Andy Anand
09/28/13
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Reflection

True meaning of life is learning each day, each moment. I heard a saying once and it went something like this “Remarkable people make original mistakes. Learn to explore with a beginners mindset” I cherish this truly. It is not because I make mistakes but because I TRY, I LEARN and GROW as a person. In REFLECTION, life would be really unexplored and unchartered if we didn’t go out of our realms to be who we want to be.

As one of my mentors through inspiration Steve Jobs said. “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” These words hold the ultimate truth to life. One must be hungry for knowledge and wisdom and the desire to learn and that ONLY comes when we acknowledge that we are foolish in every sense. Leaving pride and “I” away.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate and one of my favorite writers.

Rabindranath Tagore is one of my favorite writers. Here is one of my favorite ones. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. Akshay Anand August 28th, 2013

And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils…
Joy is there Everywhere.

– Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1913

American Americans

One of my favorite quotes of all times is the one below from Martin Luther King. The essence of humanity is that we are all people with the same dreams, desires and wants. To enrich our lives with happiness, joys and prosperity’s. To treat others just as how we want to be treated and to grow as people of excellence as we learn from what’s behind us and make what’s in front the best ever.

America is the only country where we are not of ethnicity, religion or sect but as American Americans. United as one for the welfare and good of others and our selves. A nation that by enlarge lives and flourishes on basic rights of human dignity and honesty.

I hope you and I will continue to strive to live by example so others may see us as a ray of shinning hope and regard America as the beacon of the highest civilization in human history.

Akshay Anand
08-24-2013
My thoughts today.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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