I’ve been told that I speak very fast…
…Funny thing is I know people that speak a lot faster.
Its true that I don’t take a lot of breaths in between words and sentences, and I can tell you why. It’s actually a funny story.
I got in a car wreck in 1986. Prior to that, I was a journeyman electrician. I had gone to school and was doing engineering and things like that, but I was an electrician on the side.
I was a journeyman, and I liked doing that kind of work. You work with your hands and when you’re done, there’s something that you get great gratification from doing.
Anyway, I got in a car wreck in ’86 coming back from an electrician job. I was in a little Ford Escort… an ’83 Ford Escort GT to be exact.
If you’re old enough, you probably recall that we didn’t have airbags then. We didn’t have tickets if you didn’t wear a seatbelt, and other fun little things that we have now in cars and driving laws. And on that faithful day, driving home from that job, I t-boned a 32 foot Winnebago travel trailer.
An 80-year-old man, who was a retired doctor, and his wife were the drivers…
Texas highways have two lanes going one way, two lanes going the other way. You could make left turns, and the speed limit is 65 miles an hour.
So, you’re on a country road where you can do 65 miles an hour and somebody can make a left in front of you (YIKES!).
Their 32 foot Winnebago travel trailer covered 20 foot of highway. When they made that turn in front of me, there was nowhere for me to go, except into a gas station at 65 miles an hour.
I didn’t think that was a good choice, neither was heading into oncoming traffic in the other direction. The only choice I had was to t-bone the vehicle. I hit it and woke up in the hospital… couldn’t walk… busted my jaw… put my hands through the dashboard… destroyed my neck… And the motor came through the dashboard and smashed both my knees.
I couldn’t walk for a while. I had to learn to walk again. I was on crutches for a long time.
I still feel the pain from that today.
I firmly believe God had something in for me that day. He clearly didn’t want me to move in the direction I was moving and decided I needed to make some changes.
It’s interesting when your stuck, you can’t really walk, you can’t really drive a car, and you can’t do a lot of things.
There are very few things that you can do after a wreck like that.
My jaw was wired shut and I ate through a straw for a while… for about a month to be exact.
Once it was unwired shut, I could do things again. I needed to get some work because the company I worked for didn’t have workman’s comp, and I didn’t have any insurance that was going to pay for the medical.
I lost my car. I lost my apartment. Pretty much it sucked, and I didn’t have anybody who was going to pay for anything.
It was then that a buddy of mine was managing a telemarketing room. He came to me and said, “Hey, come work for me part-time at night. You can make enough money to pay for your apartment, and you know, you’ll make enough money to pay your bills. It isn’t physical labor so you’ll be all right even though you have these injuries. All you have to do is be able to talk.”
Now at the time, he was talking to a guy [Me], who now most people wouldn’t believe, was too shy to ask a girl out to my senior prom. (the girl asked me. LOL)
I went and did that telemarketing job.
After the first day, I decided I was going to quit. I told my buddy I was going to quit… I wasn’t going to do it anymore.
He wouldn’t let me quit.
He forced me to stay.
I did and I became VERY good at it.
Eventually within less than two years, I owned my own telemarketing company in Houston, Texas, with a 150 employees…
…All because I learned to talk.
One of the things you learn over the phone is to say a lot of words in a very short period of time.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY AND WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN FOR YOU
Here’s where I’m going with this…
For me, God put his hand out and said, “You need to change and here’s what I’m going to have you do.”
In the end, I end up owning a telemarketing room, having 150 employees, and being one of the number one producing call centers in the United States, through Canada and Mexico as well.
And now I’m 100% NOT shy, not near as ‘risk adverse’, talk and communicate well, and have mastered saying a lot of words very fast in a short period of time.
So, I ask you, where are your fears, injuries, past experiences, circumstances, etc. stopping you?
What ARE you letting stop you?
I talk to people all the time that have NO constraints and are just scared to pull the trigger on launching a product, going to Asia to source, etc.
I have empathy for them, but I also know they can be just as successful as me and so can you.
Are you surrounding your self with people like my buddy that ‘pushed’ me to keep at it on the telemarketing job?
Or are you surrounding yourself with naysayers, dream stealers, negative people and complainers?
Ask yourself those questions? Be honest with yourself and make changes where you need to make changes. Let my story be motivation for you if you need it.
Thanks for reading and for your attention.