A job that pays spending money, right?
I had somewhat of a milestone last week at my J O B; it was my 29th anniversary. We had a ceremony because one of my partners had his 30th anniversary on the same day. Wow, 29/30 years at the same place, that is almost unheard of these days. My partner is much older than I am BTW, I started when I was 15 if you must know.
Every once in a while, the more ‘tenured’ employees will reminisce about some of the characters and personalities who have called Lanier Upshaw home at one time or another. Fortunately, I am not one of those ‘characters.’ Although, there was the one Christmas party I dressed as Santa and ‘arrived’ in a gas-powered cart that had no brakes and crashed into a table where people were sitting……..doh…….Ho Ho Ho.
What was the ‘magic’ formula?
Be careful what you wish for.
My dad worked 40+ years for Minute Maid/Coca Cola Foods; and he wore a tie to work. I wasn’t exactly sure what he did, but it looked good enough to me and I thought that was what I wanted to be when I grew up. In a round about way, that is who I turned out to be; even though I haven’t grown up yet.
It certainly hasn’t always been a bed of roses and even now there are days that make you want to scream at somebody (I just drink heavily instead…..:). But it has been kind of like a marriage; sometimes you just have to hang in there and find a way to work through it.
There were times along the way I had opportunities to go work for someone else or even do my own thing. Those opportunities are still there, but I know we have a pretty damn good team at LUI and I am committed to make sure I help pass the baton off to the next generation who will ensure we stay locally owned. Lanier Upshaw the man, started this business in 1941 and we have been able to perpetuate internally all these years, so there is certainly something to be said for that longevity as well.
Will you get a gold watch?
If that’s what I wanted I suppose; my partner got a case of Makers Mark. Personally, I’m leaning toward the Taylormade R-11 driver. That’s the big stick in your golf bag if you had no clue what an R-11 is. All I can say is, sweet…..chicks dig the long ball….:)
Shouldn’t you be slowing down?
Yeah, right. 2007 was my best year ever; I was cooking with high propane gas. I had it made in the shade and was all prepared to assume more of a mentoring role and help our newer producers get up and running.
Then the bottom fell out…..and it kept falling….yikes.
Knowing some friends and customers who lost jobs and businesses, it could have been a lot worse. However, it has required for me to still be very active on the production (sales) side to make sure our business stays healthy and the cash position is not jeopardized. Make no mistake about, cash is still king.
What’s your point?
Being a ‘salesman’ can be very humbling at times. Just about the time you think you are pretty hot stuff, some young whippersnapper chops you off at the knees. That is not necessarily a bad thing though because it gives you perspective and whatever role you assume, you should never be ‘too good’ to do anything.
Don’t ever quit learning, no matter how old of a dog you are. Learning and exploring new opportunities keep things fresh and exciting.
There really is no right or wrong way. If you are fortunate enough to have steady, productive employment at one place for any length of time, then congratulations. If it’s not working out for you, then don’t be afraid to find something that will.
Finally, life is short but circular; don’t burn any bridges because what goes around, normally comes around. It really is ok to take the high road.