Ever meet someone that you previously held on high regard, and found out there wasn't much there to support the piers lifting them up? It doesn't necessarily knock them down from the cloud they have been placed upon... every time, but can certainly lower them to more of a fog. It's actually a very common occurrence, and I know that. We are all just people, grown up kids with big people Legos and Crayons. It actually can be refreshing... can't it?
I once met a "big wig" in the lending world back when I was playing executive in the Real Estate world, and he was flashing a Fortune 100 costume that would intimidate some Marvel super heroes. He held the krypton to our success, and I was fearful of it... then I got to "hang out" with him at Twenty One Club in Manhattan, where he was schmoozing the greatness out of our golden business model. That was where my Spidey senses kicked in to overdrive...
There was something odd, something ordinary about him. Human!! He was human!! Actually, he was a little more... NORMAL. He was even a little disappointing. I was sitting next to a Yankee fan, that loved some new show called "The Bachelor", thought expelling gas was good humor, and knew nothing of Texas Real Estate... HUH?!?!?!?
It was like meeting Eddie Van Halen at Starplex, with back stage passes, and he was a huge nerd! Loveable, even drunk, and really nice... but he wasn't EDDIE anymore. Roger Staubach, my childhood hero, was just a super person... not a super hero. Mickey Mantle, the MICK, the drunk who was misunderstood and hard to get along with?? NO! One of the nicest, humblest people I have ever met... and most gracious. He became more to me after that meeting... MUCH more. It works both ways sometimes.
In the roofing industry, like any business, I look constantly to gain knowledge from the existing studs. They, like all experienced professionals with years in their industry, have the gains we all want. Success, history, stories, the scars... the mistakes... the wounds of battling failure and coming out on top. I have learned much from my mentors, and that I am eternally grateful for. I have even played dumb with some roofing salesmen along the way , acting the part of the down trodden Father with the weight of the world exposing my weaknesses. It brings out the true colors of sales "greatness" when they are willing to share, willing to expose what spider bit them, what freak mutant sales gift they were born with.
I have my theories, my beliefs, my X-Men oddity that carries me with customers. It's nothing special, nothing I learned from anyone, except maybe my parents and grandparents. It's nothing mythical, nothing supernatural, nothing secretive. It is not some magical spell, we are not related to Merlin... it isn't some snake oil, we are not gypsies. It is something I have carried with me since I was in 4th grade in Carrollton, Tx. A friend with severe mental and physical disabilities, with facial scarring and deformities, was pushed down deliberately, kicked repeatedly in the gut, and spat upon by the school bully. It is the first and only time I truly fought someone, and I "felt" like a super hero. He was my friend.
"Why did you do that?" he asked me.
"That kids a jerk, he was hurting you!" I said.
"No, you were hurting yourself, David... thanks, but he's not worth it..."
What?!?! He was like Yoda or sompin!!
I recently looked for him through Google, wanting to tell him thanks for teaching me so much. I thought I cared, but he taught me the truth... HE CARED! And that's it... that is my secret... I care... that's it.
In meeting some of the bozos out there clowning around selling people "stuff", it is more shocking to me than the Mick, Eddie or Roger the Dodger... They Don't Care!!! Legalities, technicalities, ventilation, products, insurance, storm damage, roof warranties... what about THE CUSTOMER!!!! AHHHH!!!!! Why does it shock me so!?!?!?!? Why do I care?!?!?!?! Because I do... I care. It was born in me... my super human ability.
Don't be shocked with who shows up at your door to help you with the most important aspect of your home, your roof. Call someone who cares... call Rampart Roofing Today.