#ThoughtsFromTerry Dispatch w.4.2018
I sold my Honda Civic this weekend, and something stuck out to me as really interesting, or maybe even alarming. The sale was simple. I quickly picked up the mess and trash in the car, snapped a few pictures in good lighting, and posted it to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Previous to posting, I did some market research to find good and fair sales price, and boom...it was posted.
Within the hour, my email and Google Voice text was starting to fill up with lots of interest, but none of this was the interesting or alarming issue. Selling a car online is super easy. The alarming part is the amount of research and energy I put into cleaning the car seats. You see, my Civic had cloth seats and the seats had received some abuse from the family. (The guilty party shall remain nameless.) These stains really drove me crazy, so much so I had done research on replacing the seats with leather. Yes, I had jumped right to the $1,000 solution while at the same time living with the mess and stains all around me.
I don’t get it. Why did I wait until I was selling the car to shampoo and deep clean the seats? Months and months of living with the stains that mentally dragged me down, but I put up with it. But when a real constraint was added - the car was being sold - it was at that point I dove in and figured out how to clean them. And here’s the kicker...it was simple. This YouTube video and literally about an hour of effort and the seats were as good as new.
I am not sure about you, but this is a little alarming to me. I also see this happen when we sell our houses: the constraint that forces us to fix or paint or deal with the stuff we had just become content living with. The physical items are one thing, but what about other areas of life we might just be “living with” that we don’t have to? What about that thing with your spouse that you haven’t discussed and are living with? What about that situation with your kid that you just have been “living with”? Maybe it’s your boss or a work issue that you have just been living with because you have not leaned in and dealt with it. What stains are you living with that can be cleaned fairly easily?
For month’s, Reia’s iPhone battery had been dying really fast in her iPhone 6. Super frustrating for her, and often we were trying to get a hold of her at the gym, and her phone was dead. Well, did you know that for $29 bucks you can solve this problem? Yep...it’s nearly that easy. Apple will replace your battery in an iPhone 6 or newer, here are the details. $29 bucks is SO much better than buying a newer phone!
RECOMMENDED WEEKEND READING
I can absolutely say without hesitation that having the right mentors in my life has made a HUGE difference in a positive way. I am not sure I would refer to all of them as traditional mentors, but having a strategy of learning from others has been an important part of my growth. This article has some fantastic points, and a very helpful and practical list that will help you get started.
Looking Through the Turn
This article just spoke to my heart in a powerful way. I often struggle having no rearview mirror, and so focused on the right here and now execution. Over the years, working with some great mentors I have developed a broader focus and brought “Legacy Leadership” principles into my daily life...but it’s not my go to. Steve really hits a home run with this Looking Through the Turn post.
What is the Perfect Age?
This is a fun read. As Robin and I collectively get closer to 50 than 40, we have these discussions often. We both celebrate that each decade we enter has been better than the previous. Our 30’s were far better than our 20’s...our 40’s are so much better than our 30’s, and we do look forward to our 50’s. And I do write this at the very time Robin pulled something in her back by just bending over, and my hip seems to give me fits every other week. Ha! Have fun and enjoy the read.
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