Thoughts from selling cars

Since I started selling cars in July, I have realized a few things.

The biggest part of the job is just showing up. There are many times at work where I will miss out on a sale because I just don’t get up out of my chair and try and show a car to someone.  I let someone else take it.

There is only so much you can do.  I can’t even begin to show you how many times I have sold the mess out of a car and yet they still were not able to buy due to many different factors.

Simply focus on what you can do and do that to the best of your ability.  Don’t worry about the things you can’t control.  Also, don’t worry about what the other salesmen are doing.  They don’t earn your paycheck.  You do.

Enjoy it all.  This should be one of the easiest to explain yet hardest to live out.  But find something in every conversation you have to make you better.  Have fun with every person you come in contact with.

Make connections somehow with every person.  I truly believe that we all have something that we can use to connect with others.  It could be a favorite team, show, friend, or any number of other things.

There are many things I learn every day at work and I look forward to sharing more soon.

 

That thing you do

Over the past two weeks, I have heard four different people say that I read more books than anyone they know.  Those four people know a vast amount of people too.  And that was the way they introduced me.  It basically went like this, “hey _____, this is Jason.  He reads a lot.  Like a ton.  Like more than anyone else I know.”  Almost word for word each time.

This strikes me as odd because I don’t try to do that.  I have never read a book in order for someone else to recognize me for it.

At least that used to be the case.  Until 4 different people said that about me.  Now ever time I sit down to read, I question why I’m reading.  And how much more time I can spend doing it so I can add to my list on Goodreads.

This thought hit me square in the face because it makes me think of Jesus.  It makes me realize just how much He cares about us.  Because He knows that once we see the recognition that comes from doing something, we will try and do it for that reason alone.

And then we miss the point.  Until two weeks ago, I didn’t read so others could recognize me as that guy who reads a bunch.  I read because I enjoyed it and found that it was better than sitting in front of a TV all the time.  (Just so you know, I still watch TV.  Probably too much).

So when you do something, do it for the love of it.  Not because someone else will say “hey do you know ______?  He reads a ton.  Or works out a ton.  Or spits rhymes like no one else I know.”  The reward you get is from doing that thing you love not from others seeing that thing you do.

My current story

Over the past few months, I have been quite busy with my new job selling cars.  This job is equivalent to working open to close 5 days a week.  Lots of hours.  Not a lot of time outside of work.  Therefore, I have been focusing on my family over the past few months.

In fact, on top of the above mentioned job, I stepped down from the church I was helping to lead and figure out what God is calling me to.  I know that sounds like an oxymoron but it is true nonetheless.

Throughout my time this summer, I realized just how little of a relationship I was having with God and how ministry was the one thing getting in the way of me seeing Him.  In other words, I was simply too busy to stop and smell the roses.  Therefore, I took a short sabbatical and truly searched for God’s voice in the midst of my chaotic life.  And confirmed was the path that I was to step down.

Since that time in September, I have been relieved. (If you say relieved in that Jim Carrey voice from Ace Ventura, you get exactly what I mean).  Since then, I have been trying to place God at the center of my life and I have realized so much about myself and about Him.

But the best thing is that I am enjoying church once again.  It used to be a chore for me because I had so many obligations.  And now I can sleep if I want.  Or I can go to the late service.  Or I can even just play hooky and go see a Panthers game.  I’ve done all those by the way.  But right now, I am at this place of feeling bored.

I was told by some of my mentors that I would become bored eventually but I don’t believe any of them thought that it would be this soon.  So at my current church, Awestruck Church, I am trying to find out who God made me to be and what He has made me alone to do.  I trust the leadership team to help me figure out this great adventure I’m to begin and I trust that in God’s timing, I will be back in ministry and pursuing it full time with my whole life.

That is my story of the past few months.  I look forward to sharing more with you soon.