“I was miserable in my job, and no longer would I allow someone else to determine the future of me and my family.”
One year ago.
If I am completely accurate, it was March 9, 2018. Six weeks earlier I had been given the assignment of “Internet Manager” which in car dealer terms, basically means that you route the leads to whichever sales person was available, or awake at the time. It was fall from my status as essentially one of the general managers of this dealership’s business ventures. Had I done something wrong? No, the business I was managing for them was long past viable. It was dead before I took it over. I couldn’t turn it around, so I talked myself out of a job and convinced the owners to sell the business. What was a car dealer doing selling property and casualty insurance anyway? Yeah, I don’t know either.
This role of “internet manager” drove me crazy, though. I was assigned an office that doubled as a break room and had zero windows. My day went from being out and generating business and meeting people to a new job of answering phones and distributing internet leads with no real human interaction. I was absolutely miserable and my wife would tell you that I had been miserable in my career for about 15 months.
I am not saying there’s anything inherently wrong with the car business, it just wasn’t me. For that matter, neither was the insurance business before that. I hadn’t truly enjoyed my career since I was in radio broadcasting, but let’s be honest…there was zero money in that and corporate consolidation was eliminating the people in that business. We’ll discuss those two industries later, but for now…back to the car business.
An exit plan was a must. My departure path was already in the works as I was well underway to taking my real estate licensing exams. On March 9, 2018 my goal was fairly simple, but scary. When do I make my bold career move?
That day, I walked into the office of the owner. He invited me to sit down. I thought I was going to lead the conversation, but that was far from the case.
“We need to talk about something,” he said as turned around in his chair.
“We’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do with this store, and so we’re going to do some corporate restructuring. I’m sorry Will, but we don’t have a place for you anymore.”
Boom. There it was. Relief and concern flooding over me all at the same time. Before I even had a chance to talk with him about my exit strategy, he made the decision for me.
Not being in control of my career had become a recurring theme in my life. March 9, 2018 changed that. It was time to make my bold career move.