18 months ago I took massive determined action and decided to defy the norms. After graduating from chemical engineering I thought that is it. The great life begins here. I am going to stop being a poor student, build my career as a dedicated chemical engineer, get promoted and continue to pursue that dream until I become someone significant in one these oil and gas companies. Shortly after my first job, that vision started to fade away very quickly. I kept asking myself, “Is this it? Am i going to keep doing this for the rest of my life?” I was living weekend to weekend. Punching out at 5 PM and arriving late. I started losing drive at my job. Everyday passed by so slowly. I looked at my watch every 10 minutes waiting for the day to end. I started watching “Orange is the New Black” on my phone at the office to pass by time. It was terrible! I couldn't do it anymore and I had to do something about it
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If I had a penny for every time I heard the word “professional” in this industrial work setting I’d be the world's first trillionaire. I started abiding by the word in University or at least what I thought it meant to be professional. Oh there is hiring fair? You gotta act "professional" and what does that entail? Let me take you through what I thought it meant at the time.
I had no experience in sales when I found myself, fresh out of school as the Technical Sales Manager at a software company. In my mind, I could sell anything and I had to do a few things to be successful at my new glorified position. Step one, buy myself a “Selling for Dummies” book and read it during the first week. Step two, get myself very familiar with this complicated software and just go nuts on solving examples to become proficient with software. After that, I will be on my way to becoming the best salesman at that company. But it all went downhill from there. The Selling for Dummies book was dumb. It was so outdated. I started hating the shit out of sales. Heck, I started hating myself. I felt I was annoying to other people. I questioned my ability to sell and the dream of becoming extremely successful started to fade away. All was the result of the stupid perception of what people think of the god-damned sale process. I realized I didn't care. I didn’t personally give a shit about this stupid software. I didn’t wanna be the best software salesman. I was not driven by cash and could care less.
After watching the second debate of the American presidential election quite frankly I’m disgusted. I was disgusted once it boiled down to Hillary and Trump but the last debate was the nail in the coffin. There’s no denying that this debate was seriously pathetic and neither candidate deserves to win after their horrendous performances. I mean, we are talking about electing the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, and instead of debating policy like politicians should, they waste their time with lewd comments and extramarital affair accusations like small town gossip. Of all the incredible and successful Americans out there, I am blown away that a great nation of roughly 330 million could not come up with better candidates. Shame on you America, get your shit together!
I am sitting here at Starbucks and it’s 8 am on a Saturday morning. It’s a first for me, as usually I am passed out after spending my friday night catching up on some much needed time with my best friend, the bar. I am fascinated by the raving fan culture of Starbucks though. People here are meeting, writing, reading, chatting, laughing, working, texting and some are even writing an article about the beautiful cafe itself! The thing is, the folks here are so comfortable, happy and feel at home. Why is Starbucks, which charges triple or quadripple the prices of any other generic coffee place, attracting all these fans? Starbucks in not the only business that I have witnessed that has this effect on people. Tesla for example, is a car company that showed up late and not just destroyed the competition but also created a whole new luxury culture. There’s also Apple and Lululemon, both companies that have this effect on their customers. A localized example here in Calgary would be YYC Cycle too, Steve and I are some of their biggest fans! Regardless or how big or small these companies are, they all have one thing in common: a raving fan culture. Their customers are their biggest fans and here’s why