We heard from some absolute giants in the auction industry. I was also able to interact with and watch some other dynamos who just happened to be in my class. An association president, a firefighter, successful ladies, and a legit war hero just to name a few. It was both encouraging and humbling at the same time. I learned something from each of them. I learned things that challenged me and others that edified me. I was reminded to take care of myself so that I can in turn take care of others. Perhaps it's time for a checkup with a physician..... which would be my first visit since 1998...
The key moment for me was a presentation near the end of our time in Bloomington. Our final speaker was clearly a man of God. He mentioned it in passing, but his light was burning bright throughout his remarks. He posed to us a question..... Why do we do what we do? I enjoy helping people. Whether that's schlepping tables at a PTO event or orchestrating an auction that solves a problem for a giant manufacturing company, I just like to help. But why do I like to help?
I've come to learn over the last few years that God has called me to help. After waiting for years for a supernatural tap on the shoulder with detailed plan, I finally figured out that God just wants me to help other people and do it for his glory. Its that simple. So I wrote it down:
"Bring glory and honor to God by helping other people"
How does that relate to business? I help folks for free all the time, but I'm certain that God wants me to work and get paid. As I thought about it in class and on the drive south, I came up with some ways that I can (and already do) help people through the auction business.
I help consignors by selling their property in an honest and efficient manner.
I help investors who make their livelihood by buying in hopes of appreciation.
I help re-sellers gain access to items that they sell again to make money for their family.
I help collectors fill gaps in the collections that they love.
I help the landlord of the properties I rent out of which I conduct auctions.
I help my coworkers as we build a successful business
.....and what do you know. I make money doing that, which helps my family and then allows us to help our Cub Scout Pack, Kiwanis Club, Church and others.
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