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It was 12 years ago for those of you wondering. No. This is not one of those blogs where I am going to talk about how much easier life was at 16. Or how I miss those days. Because it wasn’t and I don’t. I would rather poke my eye out with a fork than go back to high school. I am going to talk about the job I had when I was 16. That’s right. WORK.
I was a sophomore in high school. Played sports so I was busy, and I had a job at the local Levis store. I made crap money, I worked crap hours, and my boss hated me. None of these things were working in my favor. I mean seriously. I would be in school every day by 7am, ball practice in 100* weather until 5, work from 6-10:30. I worked every Friday night. Most Saturdays and Sundays. I would go into work after a day of ball practice and I had no car, so I had to get a ride from someone if my parents were not home that night. Then I would work for about an hour, the store would be slow so I would get sent home.
At first I was overjoyed to get sent home. “Awesome. Now I can go be a teenager. WORK SUCKS” – then I realized that as tough as it was for me to find a ride to work, it was even harder to find a ride home. I was broke because I only worked an hour. And to top it off I soon realized my boss sent me home not as a reward, but because I wasn’t good at my job and wasn’t worth it to keep around. I know. Its hard to believe. But I like most 16 year olds thought I knew everything and that I could get away with avoiding work while at work. As a matter of fact, I know many adults that still do this today. So what was the outcome. I would exhaust more effort, had higher stress, made less money and was inconvenienced more by AVOIDING working while at work than if I actually just did my job well.
It was a magical day the day I decided to actually do my job at work. Time flew by! I felt accomplished. My boss was impressed. The following chain of events was great. I got better at my job so it got easier. I got more hours because I was good at it (which meant more $ to me!). I got a raise! I got a promotion several months later. I ended up being promoted to a supervisor by the time I reached 17. At 18 I was making better money than any other high school kid I knew, and many adults. I had an understanding of business, profit and loss statements, working with and leading people, etc. Not to mention, I can fold a mean pair of jeans.
Why did this happen? BECAUSE I ACTUALLY DID MY JOB! I spent so much time and energy avoiding my job the first 2 months I had it that I am almost ashamed to admit it. Obviously I changed that.
My simple point is this. And I am going to capitalize it because I want this message to be clear to everyone. STOP AVOIDING THE PARTS OF YOUR JOB THAT MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL AND GET YOUR BUTT TO WORK! For some of you that means paperwork, for some it means lead generating, for some it means just working at all at anything.
My promise to you is this. If you actually work. If you actually do what you are supposed to. Your stress levels will go down, your income will go up, and the ease of your job will increase. Give it a try, the avoidance isn’t worth it.
If you think you’re job is tough. If you think its thankless. Do me a favor. It is the holiday season. Go to your local retail shop and get a part time job through the new year. There is no hell quite as special as working retail in the holidays.
Its been a long time… 364 days to be exact. But I think it is time we had a talk. I no longer wish to spend time with you. This time it is actually not you; its me. I know this is hard to hear, so please listen close and I will help you understand. We will make it through the next 24 hours just fine. Just know that when the clock strikes midnight tomorrow I will toast to your end and never look back.
It’s not that you really did anything wrong. I am just ready for new adventures, new challenges and some change.
Sure. We’ve had some bad times-days when I just wanted to close my eyes and make it all go away. Like my credit card getting hijacked in New Orleans. That was months of work to fix. Or how about the time I went to Austin and wanted to get a pair of cowboy boots. Instead, I came home with a boot for my broken foot, a shiny pair of crutches and a $6,000 hospital bill (not to mention, missed every meeting). There was that time that I came home to the air conditioner flooding through from the 2nd floor to the 1st. Good times. Good times. There were the friendships that ended poorly. There were people who weren’t there when they should have been. The computer that crashed with no warning losing work and memories alike. We won’t even talk about the sweet tooth I’ve developed. I’ve had days where I didn’t think I could get out of bed… but did anyways. And lets not forget there were the never-ending frustrations with lenders, loss mitigators and attorneys.
The good times, 2010; I am thankful for though. They have made our time worth while. I have met and built relationships with some amazing people throughout the country. Even if I only get to see them a few times a year, it’s always a good time! Sometimes too much of a good time ;-)! People who I least expected to, showed up when needed. I’ve made a point to take more time out of life for myself and realize that I can return that email/VM the next day and the world will still be standing – and that more often than not it was not a life or death situation (just that one time…jk). I appreciate getting all dressed up just for myself, even if I’ve got no place to go. I’ve had nights that I wanted to last forever, and some that lasted straight through the next day (thank you RedBull). I’ve seen the sun set from 30,000 feet. I’ve laughed until I cried… “So, there where these two blue whales..” and then laughed some more. I’ve had the honor of going around the country to teach, and watch that invisible lightbulb go off above a student’s head. I’ve helped shape careers and lives. I’ve sat with my toes in the water, ass in the sand without a worry in the world and a cold beer in my hand. I spent my birthday on the top floor of the Palms Casino in Vegas and partied like it was the last night of my life with a view that you can’t hold a candle to. I made it through the holidays in one piece (that in itself is a major accomplishment).
All in all 2010, I’ll say we had some good times. But I am still glad to see you go. Because although 2010 brought a few smiles… you brought more tears. I am going to make 2011 great. So here is a swift kick in the ass from me. Catch ya later.
Every time I go to a speaking event, convention or training class I always leave with a plethora of great quotes. So…. I figured I would share my favorites from Keller Williams Mega Camp this year. With no particular order, rhyme, or reason… here ya go.
Mark Willis – “This is our time! This is our destiny!”
Nick Cameron – “THIS IS SPARTA!”
Chris Gardner – “Sometimes its ok to laugh all the way to the bank”
Jay Papasan – “Im geeky like this”
Gary Keller – “You just didn’t give a SHIFT”
Gary Keller – “Everybody hits a ceiling in life. some hit it early, some hit it late…but everybody hits it”
Keith Riddle – “The internet user is an instant gratification kind of person. They want what they want and they want it now”
Jay Papasan – “It is an emotionally tough decision to choose lead generation and hear no all day”
Claudia Maefsky -“You follow up, or NO LEADS FOR YOU!”
Chris Gardner -“I made the best decision of my life: I told the truth”
Gary Keller – “If you keep waiting for the bottom, you’ll never go back up”
Keith Riddle – “So there was two blue whales…”