LET ME EXPLAIN WHY YOUR J.O.B. IS A VEHICLE.
What’s going on boys and girls??! This is Clay Hoberecht from Best Body Shop in Wichita, KS. It’s almost eleven o’clock and man, time has gotten away from me. Listen, here’s the deal, before I start saying something about this, I’ve got something to talk to you about something that is really, really important. I want to talk to you about being in a vehicle and where you’re going. Before I do that, I want to give a shout out to a few people that I’ve spoken with recently; Tim Morgan, Roarke Ponce, and Joel Potter. Listen guys, I’ve told every single one of you to go LIVE on Facebook. You guys see me doing it all the time, but I’m just going to be transparent and real with you all. Even I will try and make up excuses NOT to go LIVE sometimes. My phone is currently at 20% battery life. I tried to make a excuse just from that. So like I said, it even happens to myself, the guy that goes LIVE all the time! Listen, it’s important that I do this not only for my own brand, but for you guys as well because I want to be available for you all to learn what I’m learning and for you to learn from my mistakes and my successes.
This is something that I’ve talked about before, but it’s becoming more and more sharp to me. Every single person needs to be in a “vehicle”, and by “vehicle” I mean a J.O.B. Listen, I know that I’m not the one that thought a J.O.B. as being a “vehicle” that is going somewhere. There is, however, a common denominator that I’m seeing in this day and age right now. Here it is, 99.9% (at least that’s what I think it is) of you have a vehicle or are IN a vehicle ( J.O.B.) but have no idea WHERE YOU ARE HEADED! You end up feeling lost, angry and out of gas (literally and figuratively). When five o’clock or six o’clock rolls around, you can not wait to leave your job. Listen, I’m definitely not trying to be judgmental here. I have had to learn this very same thing about myself. I was speaking with Chris (our Marketing Manager) this morning about how I needed to fine tune where I’m going a little bit better. I think I need to focus in just a little bit more because if I don’t, it doesn’t make any sense to be doing what I’m currently doing.
Think about this for a second… The people that are around you that don’t know where you’re going are gonna try and tell you to “SLOW DOWN” or “STOP”. On the opposite side of this, the people that DO know where you’re going and believe in where you’re headed will tell you to “SPEED UP” and “WORK HARDER” or “GRIND IT OUT”. Just because you’re in a vehicle does not mean you have to stay in that vehicle for the entire TRIP! What??? Listen, someone asked me the other day if I was ever going to be OK with a employee leaving me..? And believe me, if you know anything about what is going on over at Best Body Shop right now, you would know I’ve experienced my fair share of employees coming and going both out of my body shop and out of my life even. I let that question marinate inside my head for quite awhile before answering. My answer was this… ABSOLUTELY! I do not believe that everyone that decides to jump in my vehicle is going in the same direction as myself. I do believe, however, that we could be going in the same direction for a short (or long) period of time. Once their time is up, they will simply exit my vehicle and continue on their dedicated path.
I want to challenge you today with a new thought. Here is my challenge…
1) Find out where you’re going and what vehicle will take you there RIGHT NOW.
2) Communicate clearly to not only everyone around, but to all that are in the vehicle with you (clarity).
Let’s take an example, say you work at Wal-Mart. That right there is a J.O.B. (and J.O.B.’s are a vehicle, remember?) that will still get you somewhere. I believe you should be the MVP at your J.O.B. no matter where it is you decide to work or what your vehicle looks like. I myself worked at Wal-Mart and received Employee of the Month (and this one was a HUGE store). Was working at Wal-Mart my long-term goal? No, it was not, but you know what? I communicated to my boss that it simply wasn’t a long-term goal for me and also communicated that to the people around me. At that point in my life, I simply needed a J.O.B. while I was building up my skills (and working for free) at a local body shop. That doesn’t mean I just give Wal-Mart 50% effort simply because I don’t want to work there forever! You should give 110% while knowing that there is a certain point in your trip in that vehicle where they will pull over to the side of the road and you will exit that vehicle and climb into another.
So, that’s my challenge guys! Be clear and honest not only with yourself but with your family, your friends and the people that are inside your current vehicle with you. Personally, I would be more excited than anything to have one of my employees come up to me and say, “Hey listen, you’re going in this direction for this amount of time. I believe I can hitch a ride with you, benefit you while you benefit me, and then we’re going to stop at a certain point and I’m going to exit. We will then shake hands and move on down our dedicated paths”.
I’m telling you, that would be a phenomenal feeling for sure…