Sunday, May 31, 2009

summer, summer, summer time!

In case you were wondering about the title, I was trying to make it sound like Will Smith's song 'Summertime' :). It's been a while since I've blogged, especially on here. This following blog will not be on myspace, as it is exclusively on here (for personal reasons).

I've had so much on my mind lately. It's pretty much concerning my future. Every day I always want to change, but with my weird work schedule it's impossible. I know I'm letting it get in the way, and its not a good thing to say. I don't mind being at Steak 'n Shake on great hours (I usually work 45 hours a week), and being reliable and dependable has always been my strength (thanks to good parents). But three days from now will be my 11th anniversary (slam!) and looking at that number just makes me wanna gag. It just shows I'm going nowhere with a college degree and not getting promoted. (I chose not to be promoted) Don't get me wrong, I find Steak 'n Shake to be my comfort zone and I find it to be a great workplace as I've made it become a part of my life. I don't however plan on considering it a career, as I've got other things on my mind.

Which leads me to my next topic. Some of you know I've been taking an online/overthephone real estate course. I do see myself doing it by the end of this year. I've actually been with the course for over a year now, and it's been 9 months since I last talked to my coach. I recently subscribed (or 'followed') his blog as well as his tweets for inspirational reasons. I did get some info over the phone from my coach, but not too much for me to understand very well (no offense Geoff if you're reading this!). He did tell me many times to seek mentorship from a local real estate investor. I mentioned the Plummer guy (who's one of the wealthiest in my town Edwardsville), but his son told me 'it's a tough world out there'. I've even tried asking a mutual friend who flips houses, but he didn't recommend it. And I also asked one of my high school classmates that I recently reconnected with thru Facebook (who does real estate investing on the side...), and he never got back to me. I really hate it when people blow me off like that. But I'm going to keep going on to the next person until someone says yes to mentoring me. I call it the 'Colonel Sanders Philosophy'. Some of you know the story about Colonel Sanders, at age 66 (at retirement age), travelled across the country to sell his fried chicken recipe. It was the 1,142nd person that said yes to him and the rest is history. I have several motivations, but the one thing that draws me back is not being awake during daylight.

Overall, I want this summer to be very special. I want it to be the 'summer of change' for me. Yes, there will be a number of challenges, and I have to learn to be patient with myself in the process of it. I want to leave Steak 'n Shake on a good note very soon. I want to make a lot of money in real estate enough to leave. As said above, I've been there way too long and if I spend another year there, I'll pretty much be kicking myself. Life's too short, and what I have here on this Earth I cannot take with me if I go.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I think your own statement says it best, Jason- "I find Steak N Shake to be my comfort zone". I think one of the hardest things to do in life is to move out of your comfort zone. If you're happy with Steak N Shake as a career, then by all means, stay there. But it sounds like you want more from life, and the ONLY WAY to get more is to step out of your comfort zone. It may be one of the hardest things you do, but if Steak N Shake is not what you want from your life, you should do it. I think of comfort zones like addictions- you know you want out of it, but you keep convincing yourself that it's easier to just stay with it, because you're too afraid to step away.

    just my .02.