New work

I took the new job and no longer work for ADT. I went to a smaller competitor called Protection 1. They offered very competitive pay and extremely more pleasing hours. At ADT I was working an average of 65-70 hours a week. Here at Protection 1, I may break 43 hours once a month. All these reduced hours and pay to compensate the reduction. The only hurtle to overcome will be the smaller company as everyone has heard of ADT and not so much Protection 1 (even though they are the second largest in the country). I started working this past Monday but only for two days until my trip to El Paso (all about in my last blog). I’ve made one sale and will be going back full force and full time come this Monday!

El Paso, Texas

The location of the U.S Open this year for bowling. Not much of a town compared to recent locations but a nice town right on the Mexican boarder. This year was nonetheless an uneventful one for myself but a decent one for a few teammates of mine. This year I discovered a hip injury during my sessions of bowling that I didn’t realize I had, something worth checking out when I get home. I recall slipping a few weeks ago and landing on this hip but thinking nothing of it. Apparently from the pain I experienced, that is not the case here. We all bowled a team event (five person teams), doubles, and singles. Five person team event we currently place at 47th, which will probably be enough to win some money back but unsure how much until the results come out in the end of summer. Next year will be my year for revenge when we go back to Reno in June/July.
The most important part about this trip was that I got to again see friends from the military when I was stationed in Hawaii. We had a total of five teams there all competing to try to win something but mostly spending time with everyone else.
It’s always sad to go back go or separate lives again after we all hit the airport but at the same time, I miss my family back at home greatly. Like I said in my previous post, Andrew is working hard on getting his belt in karate and the latest update is that he graduated and advanced belts. Unfortunately I could not attend his graduation but I was there in spirit and got to see done amazing pictures and videos of how excited he was to accomplish his very first award for his dedication. I could not be any prouder of my young man as he continues to grow in life with every day.

First Quarter of 2015

This year has been nothing short of interesting. I’m still currently at ADT selling security systems. I started this job back in August of 2014 and began selling in October. From that point on I hit the ground running. Sold 19 units my first month and stayed that way through the remainder the year. January was a slow month as I only put up ten sales. Even though it was slow, I still put up the best numbers for the office, as I have done since I started selling. When February came around, I started realizing that I was going to be flying two separate times in March for personal reasons, and that I needed to pick up my progress so I could afford the air fares. The month of February made me realize one thing, you have to work hard to get what you want and nonetheless, that’s what I did. I sold 25 units that month but at the cost of missing valuable family time and free time. I made what I needed to pay for the trips without a problem but also made me start looking for other career choices in life. I have been looking for other sales careers that would not require so many hours and still pay the same amount. I believe that I may have found one but at the cost of leaving a successful position in the company of ADT. I have still yet to make my final decision at which will be made within the next eight days. Currently I’m working roughly seventy hours a week doing what I am doing and this potential career change would reduce that to forty and be equal to or greater pay. It also offers a base pay so that bad weeks will stay have some sort of pay. It’s hard to say no to such a job offer but with the hours reduced, it only makes me think, less hours to sell and meet with customers. The difference would instead of selling to homes and residences, it would be selling to business and their owners instead. Like I said, the decision will be made over the next eight days and great thought will be put into making this decision.
The month is March is now here and we are in our first trip, which is to San Luis Obispo for a probate hearing. Obviously we will be spending our fair share of time at the beach and enjoying the sunshine while we can. After this trip, when we return Saturday evening, a week and a half later I’ll be back on a plane headed to El Paso Texas for the national bowling tournament with my Marine Corps team that I bowled with in the military. We do this once a year and it’s never short of fun to be able to see old friends. Last year I didn’t do so well but this year I think will be much better. If this other career path goes as planned, I’ll again be on another trip to Texas later this month as well, towards the end, for training. Twelve total flights is expected this month and I just finished landing the first.
Family has been great though. Andrew turns five this summer and has been participating in karate and been doing relatively well most days. They participate in front of a mirror and he finds himself making faces in that mirror everyday which causes him to lose track of what he’s supposed to be doing. Abby turned two in January and she continues to grow faster then ever. She’s beginning to learn and use his words. Coming with that is obvious a little sass and attitude.

Welcome back

It has been 1 day short of four months since I did this. I have not written about my new job or the glories of life as of lately. Where do I start? I stopped writing this when my new job started to have higher demands. I was just making my first sale and now I’m nearing sixty sales. I’m not nearly doing the best in the country (which is my goal), but I’m doing much greater then the average new sales representative. For those who are new to reading my writing will have no idea in what I do. I work for ADT security, selling home security systems. I really enjoy my new found career but it does have high demands when it comes to time spent on the road, away from family. I’m making a good 2-2.5x more then any one job I have held. The factor still is that I’m away a lot. I’m so thankful for my girlfriend Olivia to help take care of my kids when I have my parenting time. I could never thank and appreciate her enough as she has given me everything I could ever ask for. She stands by my side through thick and thin.

Enough about work but let’s talk about what’s been going on in the good times of my day. Olivia and I have started Andrew (my oldest at 4) in karate that he greatly enjoys. My youngest, Abby, turns two next week and enjoys doing whatever the family wants to do. You’ll never see her not smile as she is just a very happy little sweetheart. Olivia and I also found our first place together back in October, which is this nice apartment complex in Vancouver Washington. We have never been more happier then we are now. Our holidays were the best as we got to celebrate them as a family in our own place. New years, Olivia found a great ball to attend that was more on the fancy end, but was also a great experience. We now wait our three day, two night trip to Leavenworth Washington here next week. We are attending the Bavarian Ice Festival that happens every year, something we have never experienced.

For now, I’ll do my best to stay up to date on this blog as it really helps me relax on these busy days. For now is fair well and take care.

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I’ve been out of the loop!

So much has been happening as of lately that I have had little to no time to blog. At first I was not missing it because it does take a good amount of time to do, but as time has gone by, I have realized that blogging gives me an entirely different perspective of my past, whether it is good or bad.

The last entry I did, it was mostly about my new job and being in the initial phase of a new career. I was very skeptical about going into a commission paying sales job which revolves on how well you do you job. Now that I am working on my fourth week of training, already have sold my first sale, and started to see the ups and downs of the job, I think that I have made the right decision in taking this position.

I originally went to school to get into law enforcement so that I can provide that safety and security to the community but it was not until the last month that I realized providing families with home security systems is exactly what that is! Yes, it will be tough from time to time making those sales but at the same time, there will be times where I am having a good stretch of success, and make up for it. I also didn’t realize how much training goes into a job like this. There is a lot of variety when it comes to the products as well as specific promos to remember that change regularly. Not only learning all the different kind of systems, but the add-ons that go with them and their prices. Another thing that we are learning is the proper sales pitch so that we stand out from every other alarm security company. There is just so much to remember and it really makes me understand why they say that six months is the average training time until someone is 100% comfortable with the job to be able to do it solo. The company even sends us to Florida/Dallas (one or the other) for a five day training spurt to help us learn sales at a different perspective. This is actually happening to me next week, and I am going to Jacksonville Florida.

On other news, besides the job, family life is going great but we are currently looking for apartments and I got to give credit to my girlfriend because while I am doing this, she continues to look around town for the best offers. We are hoping to only have to be in an apartment for a year where we can begin to look for a house but that is a decision that is to be made at a later date.

Over the last few weekends, we have done nothing but adventure, hikes, fairs, and anything that has been available to us in the local area. Two weekends ago, Olivia and I talked a hike known has Saddle Mountain, named by Louis and Clark because of the shape of it. The total hike was five miles and it was to the top of the mountain and back down. It was a climb of 1400 ft in elevation and had a rewarding view at the top where you could see the entire northwest Oregon coastal range. The next weekend, Labor Day, after the kids went back to their mom’s, Olivia and I took a break from home life and did a short mini trip up to the Lower Lewis River Falls which was not to far from our house. This was a beautiful waterfall that you could river walk up to the falls to about 30 feet from the actual fall where the water would get much deeper very rapidly. This made it perfect for those that are thrill seekers at which they could jump off it (47′ high). I am not the biggest thrill seeker, so this was not something I was even thinking about doing, but it was fun watching others do it (I put the video on Facebook blog page http://www.facebook.com/rc3.blog). The water also was a few degrees above freezing temperature which probably made the experience a lot worse then what it looked like. Then the most recent weekend, Olivia and I took the kids on a great adventure to a local Renaissance Fair. While we were there, we met up with some friends and walked around. I got the chance to try my skills in knife throwing at which I realized I may not be able to stick a knife but I will knock out the enemy int he process. After that we took all the kids to a children’s knighting event so that the kids can become knights of that realm. After that we continued to walk around a little where we got to watch Andrew sword fight an elf pirate(which is also on my Facebook page). This was what he would say was his most favorite part of the fair. The next event that we attended was something that we came for, and that was the the jousting tournament. Nothing gets better then seeing real people joust and get thrown from their horses. This was the most exciting thing and the event that everyone came to watch. The knight that was representing our seating area of fans won, which made us become the loudest.

This has been the excitement of our last month while working during the week. I plan to continue to get to blog as time becomes free from work and family. Thank you to everyone that continues to read and until next time! Again, make sure to check out my Facebook page for pictures and videos of my adventures.

ADT

Just started my new job this past week as a sales rep for ADT! So far I’ve been learning a lot and can not wait to get out there to help provide security for those in need. I was shocked to learn the vast amount of devices that ADT offers to protect you and your family from anything!
If you live in the Oregon or southwest Washington area and you are interested, get in touch with me and let’s get something working for you! Every family has their own customized security system!
I’m excited to see where this new job leads me in the future and can not wait to go out and meet some great people and get them what they want.

Russell Cross III
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Geocaching – A Must Do!

Many of you all probably have never heard of this word and the ones that have, probably are not entirely sure what it means, and this was me a week ago. I first saw this on Saturday morning on Facebook when a friend of mine stated that he was going to do it with his family. I immediately asked, “What is it?”. The response I got was very vague which directed to me to basically write it off as I never asked. He stated it was a world-wide treasure hunt, and to me, it sounded very complicated and something I did not have time for. I will be the first one to tell you that Geocaching is much more then that. I then took my kids and girlfriend to a zoo about two hours away. There was this show that they performed there that ironically was about Geocaching. They taught the entire crowd what it was all about and how to get started. They showed that it was a very simple thing and it only required a smart phone with GPS capability.

All you have to do is go to your iTunes or Google store, download the app called Geocaching (I recommend the free one so you can see for yourself what it exactly is first). After you have done that, go to their website and watch their video, learn what it is by this short clip and then try the app yourself. https://www.geocaching.com/

Once you got the app, turn your GPS on and open the app. It starts working immediately showing you were the nearest Geocaches are to your location. Geocaches are locations with a logbook and maybe trinkets for you to find, and sometimes they are not easy. The GPS will lead you to the cache but will only bring you within 30ft of it. It is then up to you to find the item that you are looking for by using the hints (if there is any) on the app. The item you are looking for will most likely be well hidden as you will see later on as I share my experiences on my first two finds.

Olivia and I first tried this with just us because we were not entirely sure how safe it was but after we did our first two Geocaches, we realized that it was family friendly, you just might need some tools to help find some things.

Geocache 1: Once we turned on our app, we immediately saw that there was one only a 1/3 of a mile from us so we decided to walk to it and it happened to be in the middle of a cemetery. At first it was very odd, creepy, and weird to be looking around a cemetery for a hidden item but after reading reviews, it is an actual common place to find these at. We spent roughly 30 minutes looking for this item to end up finding a business size laminated card under the bark around a V shaped tree. This was all that was there since it was a tight location but thankfully we did end up finding it. It was so exciting that we reopened the app, logged in our experience and decided to go get another, which was an additional half mile away.

Geocache 2: As we walked to this geocache, I realized that the distance to the cache is as the crow flies and not by the route you will take. It took us about 15-20 minutes to get to the next one and once we got there, this one was a larger box containing trinkets and a logbook. This is also when I realized that safety is key when participating in geocaching. You never know what you are digging up and being careful is paramount. This is why tools come in handy so that you are as safe as possible. Once we opened this box, we signed the logbook, left our own trinket behind and decided to not take one out ourselves. 

This is basically what it is and it can be quite exciting if you give it a chance. I urge everyone to give it a chance and if not for you, for your kids. It is a free and fun activity that can take up a good portion of your day and remain entertaining the entire time. I hope you all enjoyed this entry and I also hope that you reblog this to pass on to your followers so that they too can learn about this fun activity.

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