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in·fec·tious

in·fec·tious
adjective /inˈfekSHəs/
1) Likely to spread or influence others in a rapid manner

No – this is not a public service announcement warning my fellow DrivingSales.com members of a potential health hazard that is spreading throughout the industry.  What this is though is a challenge to each and every one of you to evaluate what type of carrier you are with your infection.  We all are carriers of something called “uniquely you.” 

The gentleman that taught me the car business (ironically Nicki Allen’s father) has to be one of the smartest men I have ever met.  He injected me with his wisdom and knowledge that I could have never learned about through a book.  If you were working for him and teachable – you would be successful.  He was also the biggest pain in my hindquarters I have ever met.  He was able to build you up and tear you down in one fail swoop.  He was and is a man that I have the upmost respect for.

I learned both what I wanted and aspired to be from him, as well as what I didn’t want to be (no offense Richard).  As I have “matured” though my years I can say that my eyes have opened.  My ears and heart have been more in tune to those around me as I:

(A) am able to see what I am depositing in those around me (my self-awareness)
(B) care about what those deposits are (my heart) and
(C) make a difference in myself so that I am able to lead and “infect” those around me to the best of my ability (my desire)

What I have found through the years is that everyone wants to be lead.  People want to be around folks they trust, they love, and have an infectious spirit….myself included.  Who doesn’t want to be around someone that makes them a better version of themselves, challenges them, teaches them, cares about them, and ultimately infects those around them with positive influences.

I believe the car business is one of the best industries someone can be associated with.  I LOVE and take pride in what I do, but it can also be one of the most demanding and challenging careers.  Our days can turn on a dime for an upset customer, drama on the floor, or in my case – Google changing their algorithms on a daily freaking basis!!!  My desk at times looks like a small dog came through and wreaked havoc on my nice neat desk.  (PS – this dog didn’t eat my homework – it chewed it up and spit it out while running all over my desk).

Our days are long, challenging, and stressful but we must never forget that those around us are being infected by us – either positively or negatively.  We are injecting, infecting, effecting, and changing people’s days and lives due to how we act that day.  Have you ever realized that customers and co-workers alike talk about us over the dinner table? We have the ability to infect folks on a daily basis.  How are folks talking about you to their spouse and kids

Take a hard look at how you are acting today.  How are you treating those around you?  Would you want to be around you today?

We are all are infectious …but are we infectious with a spirit-killing disease or one that strengthens those around you?  #justsayin

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