Wayyyy back when I was fresh outta high school, I worked as a labourer for Alberta Transportation. I was on a 5-man crew that was responsible to help twin a highway south of Calgary, where I live.
It was my first experience with Union or Government work… and it still baffles me how incompetence was (and is still) rewarded! Much like this guy I heard about who got paid for 6 YEARS without ever showing up for work.
That’s pretty well what I did for 8 months or so… slacked off and got paid big bucks!
Part of my job was counting fence posts along the highway. True story. Yup, I had to walk a fence line and count each and every post (about 6 or 8 feet apart). Boring? Yup. Waste of tax payer money? Yup. Something a monkey could have done better than me? Absolutely! (I was 18 years old, a hippy, a partier, and hungover from one libation or another, pretty well every day at work). But, instead of averaging fence posts per mile or whatever, they had me doing it and collecting overtime at the same time.
Oh ya, in the ‘breaks’ I had for this highly strenuous job, we’d drive for about 30 minutes or so to have hot dog roasts!
Ya – this was a killer job with big benefits!
After realizing that my area foreman had been working with them for 10+ years, and was only making $0.85 an hour more – I realized I would go more braindead than I already was at the time, and went back to school to get my Bachelor of Commerce degree!
Throughout my University days, I owned a College Pro Painters franchise that was one of the BEST things I ever did for my entrepreneurial passion.
It taught me about business structure (and the crazy 23% royalty I paid them), about hiring and firing, about door-knocking (very effective and profitable!), about managing people, about client relationships, and about latching on to high net worth clients (one client, a doctor, owned 20+ rental properties – they kept my 8 painters real busy for a lot of the summer).
Looking back, those sales skills I learned then have been invaluable to me and my business.
Imagine if I knew how to use stories to sell like now!
My Story Playbook (http://www.storyplaybook.com) could have made me twice what I earned running College Pro. Even after paying them a 23% royalty, I still made enough in my 4 month summers to pay 8 painters full-time, and support myself through University every year! Some good margins in that painting business 😉
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Have a great day!