October 16, 2007

Fine. It'll be Fine.

I am a "FIXER". Oh, not around the house, and certainly not my car. No, that seems to be my job.

And it's been my job for a while now.

I get hired and put in situations that, well, suck. Sales droppin' like a lead balloon, reps so burnt out they just don't care. Ugly. U.G.L.Y. Ugly.

And exhausting. When every phone call is something else wrong, that gets old pretty quick. When you're supposed to be out and meeting with customers and you spend most of your time alone in your house, answering emails and running reports that's not a good thing.

But this time it's different. But not in a good way. I'm used to working for the Big Dogs. Companies that already own the market share. Brands that people know, and trust (right or wrong). This is the first time I've worked for the underdog.

Man....it's really TOUGH pullin' yourself out of the basement. Especially when the foundation you have to work with is rotten.

I'm exhausted. And disheartened. And frustrated.

Or at least I was.

I had been thinking the last few weeks that I may have made a tactical error taking this job. Oh, I love so much about it. I really do. But maybe I'm not the right person to fix this stuff. Maybe I'm not the right person to pull this all together. Maybe I'm not good enough.

I deal with those thoughts on a personal level A LOT. But in my professional life? I'm usually pretty confident. So this train of thought scared the hell out of me.

But yesterday kind of snapped me out of that. Gave me a bit of hope. I had a great meeting in the morning and then went to corporate in the afternoon. I saw the future - our new line. This company's announcement that we have arrived.

And it is about the most impressive thing I've ever seen. Seriously. Prices are PERFECT! We are focusing on the working folk. Making a great product at a price that doesn't break the bank. And they look incredible. It's a line that I cannot wait to show my dealers.

It's gonna shake things up in this industry in a way they haven't been shook since 2002. And I get to be a part of it. All I have to do is hold on to the dealers I have now, and build some excitement with potential dealers for next year. That won't be hard. Yes, the line is just that good.

Someone threw me a lifeline. Just when I needed it most. I didn't make a mistake taking this job. I can do this. It'll be just fine.

I slept 8 hours last night. For the first time in a long long time.

It's all gonna be just fine.

Posted by Tammi at October 16, 2007 06:09 AM | TrackBack

That's so neat! And the fact that you're in the position to help bring this to market is way, way cool!

Got your mojo back? ;)

Posted by: pam at October 16, 2007 10:57 AM

4 months. Four more months of dealin' with SHIT. Somebody elses shit to be precise.

Then? Then it's MY mess. I don't mind MY messes. At least I know why I do what I do. Sorta.

I just have to get through the next four months with my sanity intact. THEN we'll talk about mojo

Posted by: Tammi at October 16, 2007 01:21 PM

Oh good!
That light at the end of the tunnel isn't the oncoming train's headlight!

Posted by: Roses at October 16, 2007 09:05 PM

I'm thinkin' ASSISTANT to take care of the crappy ass paperwork and stuff...

I'm just sayin...

Posted by: KTreva at October 16, 2007 11:07 PM

Glad to hear it. :)

Posted by: Chuck at October 17, 2007 12:51 AM
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