Crucial Success Lesson From My Mechanic
Here's what my mechanic taught me about success.
Act like you’re a success!
That’s the surest way to succeed at anything you do. That simple!
Hey guys, it’s Allen.
I’m gonna give some people some time to jump on this livestream. Facebook says it’s building an audience for me right now. We’ll see.
But I wanted to talk a little bit about how to get what you want by doing a couple things. And I learned this today from my mechanic.
So I’m just gonna give some people some time to jump in here. And if you’re in, feel free to tag somebody who you know will find some value out of this.
So, to give you some background – hey what’s up Iker? Hope you’re doing well man, can’t wait to see you. I wonder Dex, how did that happen? (laughs) Cody, what’s going on? What is going on?
So, giving people some time to jump in, got a bunch of people saying hi right now. Randy just joined in.
So, I picked up my truck today and I’ll tell you a little story. And this is how it all came to be.
My mechanic actually blew me away. My truck was in the shop and I hadn’t seen him in about a year and a half, and, maybe a year. But I went into his shop, and he’s got things buzzing and moving and people all over the place. And this was my first time in his actual shop.
But let’s backtrack right now.
When I did take it, when I first met this guy, he used to work out of his house. He used to work out of his house, he had a lift in his house, he used to do all the work himself, and that’s why we went there, because he was the local guy that we went to and he would just work on the car. You’d probably have to book him out a couple days in advance, even a week or so in advance.
He would have a full-time job being an auto mechanic and then he would come home and then he would do his side project as a mechanic in his off hours.
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So this is how I met this guy.
He would work on my wife and my car, and my friend’s cars and just everybody who we knew would work on his cars, but here’s one thing that stood out from this guy.
From the moment that I first called him and spoke to him, I called him up, he answered the phone as if he was running a full-fledged auto mechanic shop. Very professional… Very… professional in his mannerisms, in the way that he talked, in the way that he scheduled and booked your appointment, in the way that he explained what’s happening with your car.
He didn’t get too high level, but he didn’t dumb it down. He could speak to you and say, “Alright, here’s what it’s going to cost, X, Y, and Z”, or “I could give you option B and we could go that way.”
But from the day one, even though he was working out of his garage, he always…(pause)
Who are we talking about? Right now we’re talking about my auto mechanic.
So, I just picked my truck up from the shop today. It was over there over the weekend, and when I first started using this guy – his name’s Tom – when I first started using Tom, he was working out of house. Now he’s in a shop.
But the one thing that stood out from Tom, from Tom against everybody else that I used, whether they were in a shop or they were working out of their home, he was very professional since day one.
This was his business, he ran it as a business. It wasn’t a hobby.
And I think, and I know, that is what differentiates people who find success in life opposed to the people who flounder, have some short wind but then always revert back to where they’re comfortable.
So, let me just explain to you where Tom is today.
In the two years that I’ve known Tom – for the first six months that I known him, he was working out of his house, but he was very professional, had a system in place, ran it like a business. He didn’t run it like a side project or a hobby or, “Oh I’ll get to it when I get to it.”
He ran it like it was his mission.
So then, fast forward to today, he’s got a shop.
I walked into this shop the first time – this is the first time I’m using his shop since he’s moved out of his garage – he’s got seven or eight employees. He’s there, he’s no longer all greasy, he’s no longer under the cars.
He’s now running a full-fledged mechanic shop and he’s got employees and people running the desk and he just, “Hey Allen, I knew you were coming in today. Thanks for stopping by.”
And he was, again, very professional.
I go, “Tom, look at this place! Last time I met you, you’re working out of your garage.”
And I knew that it’s because he was acting at such a high level, even though he was very small, that’s how he got to where he was.
And he told me, “Yeah, oh, the shop that’s across the street. We’re actually about to acquire that and open up a second location.”
I’m like, “Oh my gosh, so much has happened in a year! What’s going on?”
So I’m sitting there thinking and reflecting about it. It’s because he treated it and he found success by going all in.
So whether you’re doing a side business, whether you’re going on a diet, whether you’re trying to reach a goal, whether you’re trying to write a book, whatever it is that you’re trying to do, it’s so much easier when you just act as if you are already there, doing the highest level job possible. And I’ll give you an example.
If you’re on a diet, or if you’re just starting a diet and you want to lose weight, what do you do? Do you say, “Oh I’m just gonna start small and work my way into this diet”? Or do you assume the role of someone who eats healthy, acts healthy, and does physical activities to keep their bodies strong and fit?
If you’re the latter, you’re going to see success because you’re not going to be teeter-tottering back and forth.
“Well yesterday I ate X, Y, and Z, so today, now I need to go really extreme and make sure I make up for that lost time.”
No, you’re just going to transition all the way to a healthy person, right? You’re just going to assume that healthy person’s mentality. What they put into their body, the exercise that they do and I guarantee you, if you do that you will see massive success, rather than treating it as a hobby.
When you’re going into business, you want to make sure that your side business – and most people who start a business, it’s a side business at first and then it grows into something bigger – treat it as a business.
Treat it with systems, with processes. Treat it with a business mentality that you need an R or Y from your time, that you need to cultivate and build relationships and that you’re not looking for quick wins. And if you maintain that side project as a long-term vision and you actually treat it as a business rather than a hobby.
“Oh, well my day job’s this, but I’m playing around with X, Y, and Z on the side.”
Well, take X, Y, and Z and make it something rigid. Make it firm. Don’t be on the fence and go back and forth with, “Oh I do this for a job and I’m just playing around over here.”
If you went full in while you were “playing around” during the “play around” hours, you’d see so much more success that you’d be able to do whatever you want. Whether you want to leave your job – not saying you have to do that – but you’ll see more success and have more enjoyment rather than treating it as a hobby.
So, if you’re writing a book, go all-in on the book. Treat it as if you are a writer and act as a writer would act. When you sit down to write, yes you may have some writer’s block, but do something to get through the writer’s block.
Figure out what systems or strategies they use to handle writer’s block. And once you start acting like a writer, you will start writing, and then you will be a writer.
And this goes for any goal that you want to achieve.
So, for the BestSelf Alliance and for the BestSelf people, if you’re watching this, what goal do you want? And are you going to be half-in, half-out of that goal?
Or, are you going to go all in on the goal, and really stay dedicated to what the end vision is? Are you really going to put yourself in the end position and assume that role of whatever that outcome is going to be?
And if you do that, you’re going to see more success than if you were like, “Well, this is who I am now, and I have to work my way up to get there.”
So that’s just something very interesting that I found when I went to go pick up my truck.
So again, for those that are just joining or joining late, I picked up my truck at the mechanic’s shop. And the mechanic that used to work out of his house, that I used to drop the truck off to, he opened up a business, great. He was able to build up his side project enough to make it a full time job.
Now he’s expanding to a second location all within the span of just under 12 months, but it’s only because he treated his side business and his side hobby, like a job. Like a full time job of who he wanted to be, how he wanted to show up, and what type of work he wanted to provide for the end customer.
And because he had the professionalism right out the gate, even when he was working out of his one-car garage, he was able to carry that momentum into a shop. And now carry that momentum from that one shop into a second location.
And it’s just crazy for people to be half off the fence, half in the fence – whatever you wanna call it – and you will see much more success if you go all in on whatever it is that you’re trying to pursue. Whether it’s a business, whether it’s your health goals, whether it’s writing a book, a sport, whatever.
So, this short video is just a reminder because it was something that a lot of people ask, “Well, Allen, if I have a side business, how can I get it to X, Y, and Z so quickly?” Or, “What can I do to make sure that that side business takes over my full time job, or whatever?”
The answer is really simple.
Don’t treat it like a side business, treat it like a real business. Don’t treat it like a hobby, treat it like a real business.
That’s all I got guys.
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