But wait, lets back up, how did I get here?
Less than ten years ago I was plowing the fields with horses during the summer and teaching all eight grades in an Amish one-room school house in the winter. I heard so much of the world outside, but could only imagine what all was out there. At the age of 16 I tried living in this outside world as an experiment.
It was too overwhelming. After less than one year I went back to the Amish community and began my school teaching career. Over the next five years I taught school in several different states including Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kansas. Finally in July, 2002, at the age of 22, I was at a place in my life where I finally had come to terms with the fact that I had outgrown the Amish community and that I was about to go against everything I had ever been taught and would lose the respect of 100% of every person who knew me and meant anything to me. I took the Amtrak train to Jefferson City, Mo.
I chose the Columbia, Mo area because I had cousins and other ex-Amish there who could relate to me and I could relate to them.
The day after I left I began my life in construction. I remained in construction until August of 2010 when I began to have severe heat strokes. By doctors orders, I had to get out and find another occupation. With only an 8th grade education, and no experience in any other field in the outside world, I applied for a job at Joe Machens Toyota where I had a cousin that could recommend me.
In 2005 I got married to and now have an 11 yr old step son and 2 wonderful daughters, ages 4 and 1. With a wonderful family, a new house and a job that pays the bills, my life has truly been blessed and although I had to cut all ties with my past life, family, and friends, I rarely question any more whether or not I made the right choice.
Notable mention here is the fact that I have starred in several reality shows and documentaries over the years since I left the Amish faith.
Food for thought: It took me a while to see that my life has truly become much more fulfilling going from construction to car sales. The reason being that I am natured to be driven by success and achievements. In construction, although I took much pride in a job well done, rarely did I get a chance to build a serious relationship with my customers, and even more rare was it for a customer to climb up on his new roof, inspect it, and give me positive feedback.
The reason my life has become more complete in sales is I love talking to new people, hearing about Sally in school, Peter in the Navy, etc. All of a sudden I have a chance to make someone’s day by giving them a great car buying experience!
Although I didn’t realize it at first but I am a people person. By being in sales, being in front of people, and connecting with them I am inspired to achieve at even higher levels. It is through repeat and referral business, which depends on my doing such a great job, that my customer not only comes back to me for their every vehicle needs, but sends in their kids and grand-kids and even their friends.