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16 2011

22 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Syndicated from: Fearless Selling » Blog

Although I have been blogging for several years now and have written posts about personal interactions with sales people, I have seldom shared many personal details. Therefore, I thought it was time to share some a few things that you probably don’t know about me. 1. I did not graduate from high school. I finished grade twelve but didn’t pass. When I was seventeen, I didn’t see the point of math, science, and my other courses and simply bided my time until school was finished and I could work full-time. 2. I left home when I was 17. In fact, I moved out the day after high school was done. 3. My first job was a dishwasher/busboy at Mother’s Pizza (a popular Ontario pizza restaurant in the 1970s). I worked stupid hours, cleaned up puke more times than I care to remember, and played practical jokes on coworkers; especially on managers who didn’t know what they were doing. I think I had, well still have, a problem with authority! 4. I have been married for more than 32 years to my first love. We met at Mother’s Pizza and worked the same shifts for several years. We now work together and I always respect her opinions and insights. 5. My favourite alcoholic beverage is beer but I am also a red wine snob. My best friend introduced me to vintage wines more than a decade ago and since then I have built a collection of more than 300 bottles of wine, mostly red. Part of my wine cellar is pictured at the top of the post. 6. I have a heavy foot and love to drive fast. Needless to say, I have had my share of speeding tickets over the years. Fortunately, I have become more cautious and haven’t been ticketed in several years. 7. I love classic rock. Pick a rock band from the 70s and 80s and I likely have their songs on my iPod. This isn’t a surprise for those of you who follow me on Twitter because I often post the music I’m listening to when I work in my office. 8. I have enjoyed writing since I was a teenager. I still have several short stories that I wrote when I was young and have the desire to pen a novel one day. 9. Patience is not one of my strengths. Line ups and people who drive just below, or at, the speed limit drive me crazy! Even worse are the people who stand in line at Starbucks for 10 minutes and then can’t decide what they want!!! 10. I have struggled with severe depression. This has been particularly challenging to deal with considering my vocation. Fortunately, it’s not an ongoing issue but I am always watching for the signs. 11. I’m a Scorpio so I can be pretty intense at times. 12. I have always had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit which sometimes created challenges for previous bosses because I don’t like to follow the rules. I was instrumental in bringing a major brand of draft beer to Sudbury, Ontario because I thought the “gentlemen’s agreement” that only allowed a local beer (Northern Ale) to be served on tap was in place was outdated, archaic and stupid. I found a way to circumvent it and became the first restaurant in the city to serve Molson Canadian on tap. A few months later most of the restaurants and bars in the city were serving Labatt and Molson products on tap. 13. I love talking and reading business! I find it intriguing and always want to learn more about the business world. I usually turn to the business section of the newspaper first. On the other hand, politics bores me to tears. 14. I tend to hold grudges and don’t forgive easily. 15. I am not mechanically inclined or good with my hands. I believe that there are two types of people in the world…people who are really good at mechanical stuff and people who pay those individuals to get things done. I would rather pay someone to paint a room in my house than do it myself. And I would never do my own oil change! 16. I have a hair-trigger temper although I have learned to control it as I have gotten older. It’s not always easy but I work on it every day (especially when I’m standing in line behind “slow” people at Starbucks!). 17. I love reading; fiction and business books as well as business magazines. Stephen King and Lee Child are my two favourite fiction writers…I think I have read everything they have written and aspire to being able to write a tale as well as they can. I usually have one novel and at least two business books on the good at any given time. 18. I am slow to accept new technologies. It took me several years to get involved on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. I bought my first smartphone in 2010 and my Kindle earlier this year. 19. Public speaking has always come naturally to me. However, I still get nervous before every presentation. 20. I love Cuban cigars (I’ve occasionally expressed this on Twitter and Facebook). My favourite cigar is a Cohiba Siglo III or IV. I most enjoy smoking a cigar with a good friend. 21. I am not athletically inclined. I was always one of the last kids to be picked for team sports in school. I was also the shortest kid in the class until about grade 11. 22. My mother was my grade 8 teacher. Her strength was English but I ended up failing that subject in Grade 12. Go figure! However, I did learn good grammatical skills and the importance of good spelling. Bad spelling still drives me nuts! There you have it…a few things you probably didn’t know about me.  

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