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

> I hate this world.

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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