My daughter said, “Wow! Why do you look so nice?”
Me: “It’s camouflage for the way I really feel today.”
She is used to seeing me in pajama pants until noon because I work from home. She has learned, “Put on an outfit that feels good, and the mood will catch up!” One of the best decisions I ever made was working from home.
I gave birth to this girl at 35, and was in ‘Success’ mode.
I placed an ad in the local newspaper for a Nanny, and began interviewing. The woman who stole our hearts, and became our Nanny was only there for a little while, but she is still a part of our lives to this day. She reads this Blog.
Monday, my daughter needed to drop her Jeep off for service. She called and asked if I could pick her up, and I happily agreed. We ran some errands while it was being serviced. At some point of getting in and out of the truck, she missed a call from the service center. She stopped to call them back, and here is what I overheard.
Her: Hello. This is (first name), (last name). I just missed a call from James? Is he available?
They handed the phone to James, and she sat and listened.
Once the conversation was complete, she thanked him for his time, and wished him a good day. Her Jeep was ready.
I used to say those words. When she was little, my office had a secret door adjoining her bedroom. It never failed, she would come bursting through every time I was on the phone. She knew if she waited until I hung up the phone, she would have my full attention, so she waited close by.
That is what I did. Talked to people on the phone, helping them build a business. If I helped enough people be successful, my success would automatically come.
I surrounded myself with the Zig Ziglar’s of the world.
I created scripts for people to use and learn phone skills.
Nowadays, people don’t answer the phone, and most of those calls are automated. Just now, my phone began ringing, and I glanced over not recognizing the number, so I didn’t answer it. They left a voicemail, so I listened to the beginning of it, and it was a recorded message, about a home based business opportunity. I hung up within seconds. People spending money on phone lists, and automation are missing out on the best part of the opportunity! The personal connection.
Building relationships, builds a business.
Listening to my daughter make that phone call, and handling herself so beautifully reminded me of all of those scripts. Not only was she watching, she was listening.
Doing life with this girl, has been my greatest success of all.