Here are some of my favorite comments on our website from last week’s True Story, which was the last in the series. By the way, if you have missed any of the previous stories, they are all here on a new special page:
Hi, Jerry: I just finished reading # 40 of your “True Story” segment. I have been following that series and hope # 40 will not be the last.
Regardless, you have provided some seriously powerful “stuff”. The stories have stimulated a wide spectrum of emotional responses, from tears of laughter to tears of sadness.
I believe, however, that there is another level to your series. There are some powerful points about ethics, relationships and the fact that career progress is seldom a straight upward arrow. I would urge you to consider publishing these stories in book form with a short summary of the lessons of each segment. Then offer this book for sale.
It should become part of the syllabus for dealership training courses as well as other learning events for young people in business. There is a “ton of learning” in your material. Great Job.
Richard (Dick) Everett
I can’t thank you enough for all these stories. They were funny, they were sad (#39 made me cry) but they were all genuine just like you!
I also wanted to say thanks for posting your stories. I looked forward to them every week when I received your e-mail. I truly believe that you could have been just as successful in any endeavor that you pursued. Your honesty, work ethic, and attitude have served you well. We can all learn from your example.
Thank you Jerry for spreading out the “histories” of your life and times as an auto dealer, a businessman, and as a human being. We all need to know at times, that stories like this one are what has helped to color our lives to be lived in ways that make the “befores” and “afters” match up with our ways and means of life’s lessons.
You’ve confirmed for me that our business in the work a day world must also be our ownership of who we are. Telling the truth, making things right, and taking to extra call to duty when it’s presented is so important to achieve what you can proudly say, “Yes, you did it your way and we’re all the better for it!
Thank you very much for sharing some of the stories from your time in the industry, warts and all. One can see they were written from the heart. My Dad worked in the car business as a salesman for a couple of years when I was growing up. I recall he worked at the former Jack Roach Ford dealership on Bissonnet in Houston. They had a number of big game animals mounted in the showroom. Most were taken by Mr. Roach personally. You wouldn’t see that sort of thing today in a dealership, as times have changed so much. Thanks again. We hope you will share more with your readers at a later date.