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Old 09-26-2003, 08:24 AM   #7
type_x
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Default Re: Interesting week.

> I hate this world.
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Hey, it's not as bad as it seems. Whether you finish college or not, your success will ultimately depend upon how much motivation and drive you have to get what you want; some people don't feel that drive until they're backed into a corner. I'm sure it'll come to you before you end up destitute. I've always found my best advice by just hearing the experiences of others, so I'll become an infomercial guy for a minute here and tell you my life story:

I started working shitty jobs the day I turned 16, and with each $4.75 I earned with each passing hour, I felt greater pressure to attend & finish college in order to live a good life. So I went to art school after I graduated, something I should have easily been able to succeed at. Unfortunately, I could only afford two years of it before my financial aid was up and spent my last days of school in a depressed haze of dope and liquor. Soon after I moved back home was when I first realized I had to succeed somehow, no matter what it took. I had some sales experience from working at a car stereo shop part time when I was in school, so I used that and mostly fudged a long resume. The most promising lead came from a temp agency I signed up with- Entry-level sales at a UNIX hardware manufacturer called Tadpole RDI, which was really lucky. My uncle was a very successful computer hardware sales rep, and he sort of took me under his wing and schooled me all about customer relations: driving around and handing out business cards to potential clients, formal email correspondence, making cold calls, etc. He also told me to write a message to myself on a post-it note and stick it to my bathroom mirror, stating something like "I will succeed no matter what. I am the best at what I do, and people will like me, and gladly give me their money" for me to read to myself every morning before work. No matter how gay I thought that sounded, I did exactly what he said, and it actually began to sink in! I really did want to be the best, and I really wanted their money. Through my efforts, I quickly worked my way to the higher-paid inside sales team at Tadpole, after they bought me from the temp agency as a full-time permanent (heh..) employee. I enjoyed a good year of that life, and that experience was invaluable to me as it molded my sense of professionalism and cutthroat salesmanship. Again I was faced with disappointment when the company was bought and I got laid off along with the entire sales team. So I went back to my roots in car audio retail at a chain called Al & Ed's Autosound, where once again I had to start at the bottom entry-level as a salesman. I was pissed off, broke, and for the first time threatened with homelessness since I couldn't pay the rent, my bills, car payment, etc. I used that anger and pressure as even greater drive to sell, and still repeated the message on that fuckin post-it note every morning. Three months later, I was the #2 salesman in the company (48 stores) and my commission checks were huge. Those happy days continued for almost two years until 9/11 happened, and almost simultaneously some other very bad things happened in my life. The economy was suddenly shite, customers stopped coming in, and once again I was struggling financially and personally. I quit my job and stayed unemployed for a few months until I got another sales job at ZNet, my roommate's dad's company. I applied my skills and motivational techniques, but the company was doomed before I got there. I was laid off a few months later. That's when I got a job at the shop I'm at now, North County Mobile. Before I started, they were sucking, hard. Through my motivation to change things for myself and for this shop, I turned things completely around there. They went from doing barely $40k in profit margin/ month to averaging over $90k/ monthly which is where we're at today. The owner made me manager two months after I started, and we have since expanded our shop by 1200 sq. ft., and began carrying performance accessories. I have my own house (granted, I still rent <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif> but hey, I'm three blocks from the beach), a nice car, and I'm almost debt-free- something I never thought I'd be after being stuck with a huge student loan to pay off. And I make a lot more money than most of the guys I grew up with who have college degrees.

So the point of all this is, you should never lose hope or feel like you're up against a clock to succeed. You can do it your way- whether you pick it up right now and jam through college, or drop out and make your mark as an inventor, a salesman, a pioneer of cheese helmets or whatever. Just tell yourself that you're unstoppable, even if it's a load of bullshit.<img src=smilies/thumb.gif>

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