When I was in grade school, we had fundraisers which required each kid to sell a minimum allotment of stuff in order to fund field trips, school programs, and clubs.
Usually we had to sell candy bars.
I was terrible at this. I’d trudge from house-to-house after school, knocking on doors and asking people to buy.
- A lot of people weren’t home
- Many said they had no cash
- Most didn’t want what I was selling
At the end of 2 -3 hours, I was exhausted. I was lucky if I had sold more candy bars than I’d eaten. I’d return home and beg my mom to buy everything I had left.
In high school, fundraising was optional. I could sell candy to pay for a trip, pay cash, or not go. Since I was poor, I missed a lot of field trips but at least I never had to sell candy again. Continue reading
City Little League Champs – 1992. Coached by a former left fielder.
A long time ago in a land far away, I was suckered into being the Little League Coach for my son’s team. Although I was new to coaching and was an awful baseball player myself, I did one thing right – I assigned our best players to the best positions.
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple by following a proven routine for getting things done that happen regularly.
I eat the same thing for breakfast and for lunch nearly every day. I follow a consistent exercise routine. I have a handful of favorite T-shirts and shorts that I wear all the time.
I like to think that doing this frees my mind to focus my creative energy where it’s most important. My wife says I do this because I am anal retentive (but she loves me anyway). Continue reading
We neglected to notice the building had burned to the ground. (Photo via Unsplash by Dawn Armfield)
A long time ago in a land far away, I was a Sales Rep for a company that was transitioning from offering traditional break/fix computer services to offering 24×7 monitoring and support (aka managed services) for a flat monthly fee.
Although our managed services practice was in a pre-launch phase, I made it my personal mission to build this business.
Within 6 months, I had sold 25% of our existing customers and 100% of our new customers a managed service plan.
One November morning I received a call from our biggest managed services customer. Continue reading
Notice the resemblance to Brad Pitt In the picture on the left? Neither did anyone else.
I cut my hair off the other day after growing it out for last year and a half.
My long, wild hair brought back memories of my highschool years, hanging out and cruising around with friends in my mom’s Chevette*. In my imagination, I looked like Brad Pitt in Troy**. Continue reading