Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

The Hurricane

October 18, 2023 Travis Maus Season 2 Episode 43
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
The Hurricane
Show Notes Transcript

Ever been caught in a hurricane without an umbrella?" That's how I felt as a young man in my early twenties, hustling to make a living in the harsh world of door-to-door sales. I quickly learned that preparation was key. It wasn't just about selling office supplies, it was about building resilience, learning from mistakes, and taking ownership of my own story. This week, I'm sharing my journey with you - a tale of grit, perseverance, and the power of preparation.

In this episode of Unleashing Leadership, we will explore the truth behind the statement "you are where you deserve to be", and how our actions and decisions shape our circumstances. I'll also share a quote that I coined, "A hurricane is an act of nature. Failure to prepare when the necessity for preparation is well known, that is your problem." This quote is not just about weathering storms, it's about preparing for challenges, owning our past, and pursuing growth in both our personal and professional lives. So, if you're looking for a dose of inspiration and a real-talk guide to navigating life's hurricanes, you've come to the right place.

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Speaker 1:

This is Unleashing Leadership. I'm your host, travis Moss. Welcome to Episode 43. It is Quote Day, so it's also. This episode is being released on a Wednesday. It's also Hump Day. We're going to get you some inspiration, maybe get you to the rest of the week. Today's quote is about the hurricane. A hurricane is an active nature. Failure to prepare when the necessity for preparation is well known. That is your problem. This is actually a quote by me, so I'm doing my own horn here a little bit, but every now and then I write a quote for my team based on what I think the team needs to hear about.

Speaker 1:

When I was 21, 22 years old, I spent about six months out in California and I needed a job. So I go and I apply for this marketing job. Really, what the marketing job was? It was door to door business sales and I was selling office supplies. And I go in for the interview and they tell me about how great I'm going to be, that I'll probably be a manager in no time, all this money I'm going to make. I remember calling my dad up and be like yo. They said I got management. They said I'm management material and we run the place. Get in my own office someday and we'll make all this money. Okay, good, good, good.

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What they didn't tell me was next day I'd get there at six o'clock in the morning for sales training like brutal sales training with people that the vast majority of them within a month would be gone, and after the training go out to your territory and you work your territory for eight hours and then you go back and you could judge for your performance as a group and you do another hour of sales training and you go home somewhere around eight o'clock at night and you repeat it next day and if you fail to make your two sales a day, you could be gone by the end of the week. I left that part out but I was desperate, I needed a job. So I worked at it and I did good enough that I got to be part of a team that went from LA up to San Francisco and it was like a cross branch thing where they'd send you from one office to another one to maybe get inspired to work with different people, that kind of stuff. And so I go up to San Francisco and they sent me, like Chinatown or something, and the manager there he says to me well, he says the whole team anyway. He gives a speech and he goes you are where you deserve to be. And his whole point was you put the time in, you put the effort in. Have you learned the skills? Are you afraid? Do you go and knock on all the doors or do you go and stick stickers on the windows and then go sip coffee all day long? Are you hiding or are you out there in front showing how it's done? Right, it's not in the example. And that has carried with me Most of my adult life is you are where you deserve to be.

Speaker 1:

With very, very, very few circumstances, sometimes people get illness that they. That's not, it was not in the cards for them and it's not fair. But aside from that, there are very, very, very few scenarios that you don't deserve to be in because it's something you've done or something you haven't done. You fail to take action. You're in a sucky situation, right, you take the wrong action. You're in a sucky situation. You are where you deserve to be. It's a combination of all your actions and influences and behaviors and all that kind of stuff.

Speaker 1:

Back to the quote hurricane is an act of nature. It's going to happen. There's nothing you can just stop it right. Nature is nature, life is life. But if you know the hurricane's coming and you don't prepare, you know what you know. If somebody's told you what it's going to take and you still don't do it, that's a you problem, man. There is nothing anybody can do to fix that but yourself. And you can complain and you can bitch and you can moan, but you are where you deserve to be.

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If you're unhappy with the results of a particular event, first ask that I do everything that I could to prepare. Own it, for better or worse. Even if you fucked up, even if you didn't, you didn't prepare enough and you got slammed, you got your ass beat. Own it and get better. Get back up and say I did. Now I know, and do it better. History is actually kind like that. You know what. Your history follows you and always catches up to you. Because you ignore it, you don't own it, you pretend it didn't happen. That's why it catches up to you, because it's a secret that somebody's going to find out someday. But when you own it, when it's not a secret, it can't catch up to you. You already put it to bed. Own it, for better or worse. That's the only time when you can grow personally and professionally, you will be where you deserve to be.

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