Friday, November 30, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
This week begins a new journey for me in the car business. I decided to take a new position as internet sales manager in the current dealership that I’ve been employed by for the past 8 years. It was a tough decision for me so let me explain what made me take it and what I hope to accomplish through this promotion.
If you’re not familiar with my history let me give you some of it now before I get into the reason I took this new position.
I started working for Walmart in 1992 as a cart pusher at the age of 17 while I was a junior in high school. I really had no ambition in life other than playing basketball, partying and girls. Those were the only things that I thought I was good at back then. I wasn’t the ideal role model for employees back then. I called into work sometimes especially on the weekends. After I floundered through high school I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my life since my hopes of playing in the NBA fell through. By the time I was 20 I decided to try to go back to school and enrolled at the local junior college but right before I started to school I was offered a promotion to Support Manager which would soon lead to an Assistant Manager position. I turned it down in the hopes that I would go to school and get a degree of some sort but there was a problem... I hated school. What was I thinking? I wasted who knows how much money going through that single semester of school.
So, after that debacle, I decided to take them up on the offer of the promotion. Soon after that I was given some keys and had some minor authority as a Support Manager. I held that position for approximately 3 months before I was promoted into the Assistant Manager’s training program at the ripe old age of 22 in 1997. It was a position that had a lot of responsibility and one in which I had no business being in since at the time I was very immature and lacked discipline though I was a hard worker for the most part. I continued in this position while moving to a few different stores on my way to a Co-Manager spot in a supercenter way up in Delaware and then back down to Foley Alabama. I was there over a year and a half or so before I left the company. I thought I had made it then but quickly found out that, even though I held the name of a manager, that I hadn’t quite learned what a leader was. I had some traits but wasn’t mature and dedicated enough at that point to be an effective leader in the workplace.
Fast forward to 2010 and I am now in the car business as a sales professional. I had no intention of staying in this business very long, most of us probably don’t when we first get in, but I continued in it. I became somewhat successful at first but was still somewhat immature in my dedication and effort even though I was always the first one to work and was always the one that finished his training first. I always knew the product and made friends easily and slowly became a mentor in the dealership to some aspect.
I originally had no desire to be a manager in this business. I often thought that it was way too much responsibility for me. I was very content being a salesman though I started growing in my leadership qualities. In 2013 I was offered the position of Product Specialist Manager which I took and held for a little over a year. I decided to step away from that position because it became tiring trying to find good help and found myself spending more time hiring, firing and disciplining than I did actually training and growing. At this point I decided to step back to the sales floor.
I have been able to provide for my family now for a while as a salesman and have really had no complaints other than the amount of hours that we work. I know often times we get a little frustrated with how long we have to work and maybe when we have trouble staying consistent on the income front. I’m not really sure what has been wrong with me but I needed something else and all of a sudden this position came open.
I decided to take this new position to give myself a new challenge. I decided to take this new position because I wanted to feel like I was making a difference in my dealership that I felt I lost. I took this position because I wanted to be in a position that I felt would utilize my skills a little more. I took this position with the hopes that I can grow even more. I took this position because I am a leader and want to be in a position to use my traits more effectively. I took this position because I have been able to have more confidence in what I do and want to be able to share it with others.
I know this may not mean much to everyone but I wanted to write this to let some know... if you’re struggling with what you are doing then maybe you need a new challenge. Maybe you need someone else to share your skills with to help them grow. Maybe you need an opportunity to try and grow even more yourself. Maybe it’s time that you step into a new role to help your dealership or business grow. Maybe you need a new opportunity to use your skills that you may or may not know you have. Maybe it’s finally time for you to step out of your shell and your comfort zone to do something new that can make a difference in yours or someone else’s life. Stop continuing to do something that is dragging you down and do something different if that’s what it takes to try and change the direction that you’re heading before it’s too late. It’s so easy to continue in what your not exactly happy doing because your comfortable all the while becoming more unhappy and less content when maybe what you need to do is make yourself more uncomfortable to become more comfortable and content.
Not really sure if this makes sense to all who read it but I wanted to try and help those that have been in the same position that I was in turn help them make a tough decision that they may be struggling with. It’s always tough to do something new that you’re not comfortable with but you will never know what you’re good at unless you first give it a try.
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Friday, August 3, 2018
When I was in school there was limited, if any, availability of computers. There were typewriters but most, if not all, of the students actually hand wrote their papers. Nowadays kids benefit from tablets and laptops to be able to type their papers more efficiently and actually have the added benefit of spell check. Either way, when you made a mistake on the paper how did you correct it?
When I was younger I didn't have those luxuries. Since we had to primarily hand write our papers there were other ways to fix and correct our writings. Most of the ways involved an eraser. Since using a pencil was usually suggested to use there was always the access to use the eraser to correct mistakes. Another way to correct errors was through the use of whiteout. Now, it would be much more beneficial to use that with a pen than a pencil but could be very effective. The main way I liked to fix my error and mistakes was simply to ball up the paper and throw it away then start all over. In either of these cases there would have to be a rough draft and a final draft to make sure that the paper looked clean and presentable.
I'm sure you remember this but I wanted you to get a visual before I start explaining this in an analogy and relating it to our lives.
So, how does this relate to our lives?
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If you've lived any amount of time on this earth you have made some mistakes. They could've been some through a lack of proper judgment or maybe just out of plain ole stupidity but they were mistakes nonetheless. Taking the subject at hand... how did you try and correct the mistake usually? Because most of the time we didn't want to admit that we did it. Much like we tried to correct our papers we usually would try to cover it up by any means possible. We would also take this opportunity to lie in order to not get in any trouble even if we hurt someone else in the process. We would often try to deflect the mistake and maybe even blame it on others instead of admitting our fault. Or we would try to run from it or pretend it didn't happen in the hopes that no one would find out and we would escape punishment. I'm sure that I have done most if not all of these throughout my life and so did you.
The question comes in to how we should try and handle a mistake or a lack of proper judgment in order to make sure that it gets behind us as quick as possible. Knowing that you can't erase or change your past or what you did... how can you live for today to help get past the mistakes and transgressions against others that you commit or committed?
I've got 5 important things that you can do that may help you in your recovery process.
1) Own up to it! I know personally how hard it is to admit to our mistakes. It's mainly hard because we don't want to hurt people or get in trouble. We don't want to suffer the consequences for the errors in judgment that we’ve committed so we don't want to admit them. I know it can be hard but owning up to it and admitting what you did can help make the recovery easier and begin sooner.
2) Repair the relationship! Often times, when we make a mistake, we hurt someone in the process. It could be because of theft or maybe hurting someone else in a relationship. I know it can be hard to do and the hurt person may not invite or welcome it but it's very important to try and repair whatever relationship you injured.
3) Ask forgiveness! In trying to repair a relationship it would have to involve asking for forgiveness at some point. I'm sure that too would be hard for both parties involved but will help begin the healing process and be a step in the right direction.
4) Learn from your mistakes! A vital step in the process is learning from your mistakes. This too can be hard since many times it takes us multiple times to commit a mistake before we actually learn from it. If you don't learn from it then it is very hard to grow. Learning from past mistakes is a path in life that I wish more people would follow.
5) Move forward! It's so easy to dwell on past mistakes especially if the ones we harmed won't forgive us. It's so easy to want to look back at a poor decision and let it rule and control our lives. I will tell you, though, that a past mistake can effect your present day since you can't go back in time and change what you did. All you can do is look at yourself in the mirror and figure out what you can do today to try and rectify or repair your past error. You will never grow in life if you can't let go of past mistakes.
These 5 things won't necessarily get you through every mistake that you ever made, depending on how serious they were, but they can help you move forward in the healing process. Can a mistake follow you for a long time? Sure it can but if you never take any steps to fix it then it will follow you forever either physically or mentally.