The struggle

Work, what is there to say about work that is not said all the time? Mine in particular is a rough job. If any of who follow my posts that are very sporadic, would first know over the last year it has been very rough. From one sales job to another, hitting the ground walking door to door to try to talk people into switching companies. Each day I go out and hit roughly 100 doors, or try doing so. I make 4-5 sales a month doing this and no leads come my way. So let’s do the math here…

·         100 doors a day x 5 days a week = 500 doors
·         5000 door a week x 4 weeks a month = 2000 doors
·         2000 doors divided by 5 sales a month = 400 doors to one sale

When doing the math here, that is a lot of walking to get one sale and typically these sales pay a few hundred bucks on a good day. Now every three months I do drag in an elephant of a sale that brings in more than expected to screw the average sale income.

After breaking down what I make over the last few months and including my base, I am making about $14.00 an hour to literally walk miles upon miles, tack on mass amount of stress due to rejections, and getting frowned at by the company because you are not hitting quota.

I ask myself this questions daily, is it worth it for the pay that I get? Well the answer is “I do not know but I am still here so what am I doing about it?” I need to either find another source of income of figure out what I am doing wrong to help close deals. I have read sales books, listened to audio books from even the great Zig Ziglar, but is it really helping?

Over the next month I am going to be evaluating my decision to remain in sales or not. I cannot keep doing this to myself nor my family with the lack of income. This job brings in too much stress for the little pay. I would not mind if it was around $20.00 an hour but that is going to take some improvement. If things do not change over the next month, then a change will be required. Where that takes me, who knows but most likely back into the field I went to school for, Criminology and Criminal Justice. I got a bachelor’s degree a few years ago in this field and it has done little to squat for me. A job in Seattle as a burger flipper for McDonalds makes more than I do, which really pisses me off. I had a job offer a month ago from a public transportation company until they found out I have 3 car accidents in last 5 years, at which none was I deemed 100% at fault. They didn’t care, so they moved on from me to the next candidate.

Well, we will see how this next month goes, and I vow to get out there and push the hardest. I really do enjoy sales as I feel I am pretty good at it but as an individual, I got to ask myself, “Is it worth it?” Over the next month this will be decided and change will be made if needed.

Engagement

Last week I did it. I asked the question and she said yes. Thanks to a friend of ours, she planned a double date so Olivia didn’t know what was coming. We went out to a local winery and it all took place there on a distant bridge in the middle of the vineyard.

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We haven’t decided on a day yet but that’ll come in time. All we know is it’ll be next year in the late summer or fall.

The story behind this can be read through previous posts. Just a quick run down though, she knew this was coming as we designed the ring together so I had to plan discreetly so that she wouldn’t expect it coming. Needless to say, she was surprised and it was a success.

Wow! Didn’t even realize… 500 followers?!

It’s been a crazy year and I have not blogged as much as I’d like but it is crazy to see 500 followers. Facebook is getting up there as well at half with 225 followers. I do a little more on there so feel free to check that out as well. Serious note, five hundred followers? I’d never thought that I’d have that many people reading my blog and my guess it keeps going up from here. To the rest of you bloggers, keep blogging, never give up!

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Blazer Game

The last home game for Portland Trailblazers and I took the opportunity to take my son at least once this year. Even though we didn’t win, Andrew made some friends by he excitement. The following pictures show his excitement.

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We had a blast and he got to meet his favorite mascot again once again!

Two Kids Plus Dad

Today is a day where Olivia had many things to do and it’s just me and the kids. Andrew has karate in about an hour and then we are just going to hang out. The hard part though is going to be the laid back day. Andrew has to constantly be simulated or he runs a muck. Today will be the test to see what he can do when everything is not his way and we do other things. Usually we have karate and counseling (for Andrew to learn to cope with his hyper activity), but today no counseling. Instead of going to counseling, there will be pictures for karate later, so two trips to karate today. Should be interesting due to him not liking karate anymore. He’s got a month or so left and I’ve told him he’s got to finish strong then he can do something else. I asked him what he wants to do and he said basketball and soccer. I knew about soccer but didn’t know he liked basketball so much, like me! I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that he’s been asking,  is basketball on (the radio), every time we get in the car. That’s what he rather listen to over music. I was disappointed at first he wanted to quit karate because I thought he just wanted to play video games but when he said he wants to do other sports, I was stoked! Now to just find him leagues that will accept him for his living situations (two different homes). I’ll be looking to see what I can find over the next few weeks!

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Together Forever

What can I say about love that others don’t say? Over the last 21 months, I’ve spent my life with not only a wonderful woman, but a woman that’s also an amazing role model to my kids and better yet, a very hard worker when it comes to bettering herself. The last few weeks we’ve been through so much. We’ve done everything from trying to figure out our future and what it can hold. We’ve even been ring shopping, picked one out,  bought it, and returned it to design our very own. As we wait for it to be molded, I look for venues to ask and photographers that don’t break my bank just for proposal pictures. There is no one in the world I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life besides her. She’s the one I intend to spend my life “Together Forever” with.

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Busy last thirty days

Total of 10 different flights and a total of three round trips. Finally all completed. The first two were personal and the most recent one, returned Wednesday night,  was work related. I sit in silence every night wondering if a sales career is were I’m destined to be. When I was working at ADT, I’d say no. Now that I moved on from that micromanaged atmosphere. Being at Protection 1, still selling security,  the atmosphere has a personality of its own,  people are easier to work with,  and the job is easier. Yes I compete with my old company,  the largest security company that everyone knows,  but that’s the challenge I’m willing to accept. I scored my first real sale with them yesterday and I’ll hopefully get a few more next week. Benefits are nicer,  pay is better,  quota is lower,  and much more. What else could someone want? No that’s not the real reasons but those are nice. My personality,  for those who know me,  I am quite honest. I couldn’t bear telling people,  my customers,  that the customer service was awful. With Protection 1, you’ll get that real life person within 10 seconds and can get me in thirty by a transfer. That’s the big reason. That’s enough about work though,  going to start writing another one about my other life.

A Blog about a father and his two kids

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