Today, I was cleaning up some stuff at my old house since I'm waiting on a few clients to send some information, all my other work is finally caught up.
Moving recently put a damper on my productivity, but luckily sales continue to roll in because of my marketing.. not just cold calling, but various streams of marketing and advertising. The thing that really bothered me, is that I had an old fridge sitting in the very back of the yard, along with some other scrap metal. My plan was to just load it up in my truck, haul it off for an extra $50 or so. Then I forgot, I had a ton of cans too, might have added up to an additional $20.. but I didn't want to get dirty and do all this ****.
I walk up my side walk and get ready to open the door and some piece of paper fell out from the screen door between that and the actual door. I bend down to pick it up and it said Frank's FREE Appliance Removal call XXX XXX XXXX
This piece of paper was ripped from a notebook, put in my door. I called the number, he remembered the address and said he'd be there in an hour, and any other metal or whatever else I needed him to take he would.
So he got there, pulled up in a beat up van, tells me how glad he is that I called said him and his girlfriend have been living in that van and used his last $4 to put gas in to get here.
It really intrigued me. I then remembered, I had a dryer in the house still that doesn't work. A shed full of old tools and more aluminum cans, a metal table, and old school metal VCR. Let him take ALL of it!
It took him two trips to load everything up... he might have made $100.. I gave him a $20 tip too. The money he made today was nothing, the tip given was nothing.. but me pointing out to him that he has figured out something many people never do. I pointed out the fact that he's a marketer. He identified his market, he found a need, and provided a solution. He didn't even realize what he did. After a brief conversation, I have NEVER seen someone so motivated and excited about future possibilities in my life. This is a guy going around picking up peoples TRASH!! He left excited for what the future brings, and is going to duplicate what works!
How many people on this forum, just visiting as guests because they don't even have the motivation to sign up? How many people sign up, learn and apply what they learn?
This guy, who is homeless, well, living in his van... is so many steps ahead of you that are better off than him. In marketing though, he is better off than you.
1.) He knows his market
2.) He provides solutions to problems
3.) He is driven, and seeks out people in his market
4.) He is HUNGRY!
I just had to share this brief story... It's sad but at the same time very intriguing. A lot of people can learn from this man. Being at the bottom of the barrel not knowing where the next quarter or dollar is coming from yet he continues to push through because he NEEDS it and he WANTS it.
It's just amazing to me...
So many people on this message board want to have lunch or dinner or a 10 minute phone call with certain gurus on a subject. I don't feel that way. I want to have dinner with this guy, pick at his brain for a little bit. There are so many things you can learn in unexpected encounters. Never discount someone's story, or advice... nearly everything can be applied to your future and your business.