Category Archives: Hard work

Waiting for the wind

“I’m just floating through life waiting for the wind to come and carry me to the land of what I’m capable of.”

Son, I wrote this line when I was in my late 20’s.  It is very easy to float by in today’s world.  Make sure you are giving it your all every day.  If you don’t, you may wake up one day 20 years later and realize you haven’t accomplished squat!

Dad

Romans 12:11  

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

I humbly accept

Son, I have a very important lesson for you today about humility and gratitude.   As you know, I recently started a new job.   I want you to understand that had the position been offered to me before I started to change; I would never have accepted it.  Let me explain why.

First, when I initially applied to work there, it was for a managerial job.  I was called in for an interview, and I thought it was going very well.   Towards the end of the interview, the person interviewing me asked what I thought about starting on the phones (a non-manager job) so I could learn the systems and their issues.  He said I could always apply for a management job down the road, as they are growing very quickly.

Without hesitation I said “absolutely I would do that!”   At that time, I had no idea what kind of pay was involved. (I figured it wouldn’t be much)   I didn’t know if there was any type of bonus opportunity, or what kind of benefits they offered.  It didn’t even faze me that I would have to spend over two hours of drive time getting to and from work.  I was grateful for the opportunity, and I let God guide me.

In the past I would have probably answered that interviewer’s question the same way, but I would not have meant it.  I would have driven home frustrated and angry that they didn’t see the value I could bring.  I would have said:  “F#@* them,”, and “it’s their loss.”  I would have been waiting for a phone call or email telling me I didn’t get the manager job, which could have been weeks later.

Instead, by the time I got home from that trek to Phoenix, I received a call from them.  They wanted to offer me the non-manager phone rep position.  I had no other job lined up, and my position with the last company just ended 2 days prior.  I had to find work.  I didn’t get cocky like I would have before, mumbling words under my breath like:  “I am above that”, or “I’m not driving that far for a low paying phone job”, or even, “you are losing out, because I am the best at what I do.”   This time I was humble and grateful for any opportunity to provide for our family. I thanked God for the phone call and the offer to work and provide for you.

Here is what happened after I accepted the position:

I found out the position is a work from home position.  Wow, that would make it much better!

I also found out there is a bonus program, and that there is an opportunity to make much more than I would have ever thought.

I found out the benefits are incredibly rich and better than most places I have worked.

I found out my shift would allow me plenty of time to write in the morning, and I would be available to get you ready and see you off to school every morning.

As you know, I have to go into that North Phoenix office for the next month of training.  I started to have a little regret after sitting in that darn traffic, but I made it there.  I quickly realized there was a lady who I worked with many years ago in class with me. She and her husband are really good people, and he was actually one of my favorite reps back in the day.  It turns out that this ex co-worker just happens to live fairly close to us, and she asked me if I wanted to carpool.  I can’t tell you how much better and quicker my ride is now that we get to use the carpool lane!   I can leave later to go to work, and I get home to you and your mom much faster after my day ends.

I was also introduced to our trainer that first day.  He is an incredibly positive and caring man.   He spent a good part of the first day explaining how lucky we should feel that we are there.   We even watched a short clip of a great motivation speaker named Zig Zigler.   He talked about how to love your job.   It was just what I needed, as signs of the “old Bill” crept in and I questioned my decision to work there.  Between the instructor and Mr. Zigler, I left day one feeling incredibly blessed.  I knew little about the job before I started, but now I know more than enough to see that God has blessed me incredibly!  I also found out today that our trainer, (the positive upbeat man from Ohio) is an associate pastor as well.

Blind faith is what it took.  Look what being humble and grateful can do for you.  Also, look what having faith in God’s plan can do.   I was rewarded for changing my behaviors and attitude.  I found opportunities I never would have discovered being my old self-centered cocky self.

God is taking care of us.   This is where he wants me to be, and he even sent a man of God to teach my training class.  It is amazing how many things he said in the last week that hit home for me on a personal level.

The signs are everywhere, I am so thankful I have my eyes open!

Love you son,

Dad

1 Thessalonians 5:18:  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

Wisdom

Son, you have to look for wisdom, and sometimes the answers are not easy to find. Always try to improve and learn.

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:1-11

Crunch Time

Son, it’s crunch time once again. My current job ends in a little over a month from now and I have very few prospects for a new one. Just a normal day for the guy who has had 23 different jobs. 

Well, things are a lot different this time! This time I am not walking around like a stressed-out doubtful dope. I’m not having fights with your mom every night about money. I am not beating myself up over the fact I am nowhere close to where I want to be in life. 

This time I put my faith in God’s plan. This time I feel like I am working hard and doing the best I can. This time I feel like I am right where I need to be in life! 

I just got a call. I have an interview tomorrow! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next. Maybe it will turn out to be my next gig? Maybe there is another reason for our meeting?

I’ll do my best to prepare for my interview tomorrow, but I won’t stress out. I’ll just be myself. I’ll let God guide me. 

I Love you long haired skater dude!

Dad

Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

More than just ideas!

Son, you have seen a lot of ideas and different items on this cork-board over the years. It used to house business or work ideas of mine, photos, and inventions you and I want to someday try and make. Mostly it held ideas of stuff I wanted to write about. It had suggestions and possible book titles. I even took a few stabs at writing a pitch about my book or movie and pinned it there.

This time it’s different, do you want to know why?

It’s because this time those 3X5 cards are not just empty ideas on the cork-board.

This time I actually have a very rough draft to go along with them!

Dad