I’m amazed at how many inquiries I get about my truck so I thought I’d send out an update. Here’s a photo of the dashboard last week.
We’re over 253,081 now, on my way to 300K. I’m not sure I’m going to get there but I am trying. I might be giving this truck to a family member as we need to buy another car and Dad might get a new one; I’m just not sure yet. I really don’t want to give this one up yet.
I have kept the truck for two reasons: it’s been very dependable and business hasn’t been that good in the last couple of years. Oh, we’re making it but when I’m yelling at all my people to save money and cut back, I just didn’t feel comfortable pulling up in a new truck. I think it sends a bad message. The lesson being—people see better than they hear. They learn from what you do, not from what you say.
What do you do to influence others? If your organization is not doing what you feel it should be doing, there’s only one person to blame and that’s YOU! And until you accept responsibility for that, you’re never going to improve.
It might be time to get a new truck. Ten years is a long time to have a truck. There is a smaller one out there that gets better mileage and won’t break down on some of the trips I take to speak and work with other entrepreneurs. (Also, I feel good about putting another new driver in a big, slow SUV that is safe!) Maybe in some small way I have done the right thing and helped others at my company understand that I am trying to help out and maybe some of you who follow me via this Great Idea learned something too!
Please share your thoughts below on what you have done or are doing to get your people to see—not hear—what’s important.