5 Gears To Shift…A Mechanic’s Daughter
Cars, I love cars! My dad was an excellent mechanic. A World War II Veteran, when he got out of service he made less than a Dollar a day working for a garage owner, doing repairs. My mom said this dog won’t hunt. You need your own garage. They borrowed money from my grandfather and he built a building. Yes, that is what I intended to say.The building was designed to be a garage.
It had a high ceiling so he could use a hoist to take an engine out and a 2 big doors in front plus a side door. It became a functional garage when he added tools, reference books, mother’s help in customer service, a phone, a little desk for billing and general bookkeeping, continued education and networking.
When I was a little girl I never heard the label entrepreneur, book-keeper, customer service, networking or continuing education. My Dad and Mom generated their business their need and the need of the community to keep their cars running! Sound familiar?
They agreed they would payoff the little mortgage on their home, pay my grandfather back and never, never borrow against their house. I never heard the term give 10% to the church. Every time we went to church, they gave money. They supported an orphanage in rural Kentucky, gave to those in need. I never heard my Dad say “We can’t afford it” when I was growing up.
Imagine that! Today, I am reviewing what my parents did and what parts of their example I should implement. The simple answer is, all of it! It is time to shift to 5th gear for the remainder of this year. I will do what I love.
My Dad loved cars and fostered my love for them. He Loved his work. Yes, there is two sides to this story, a dark side which emerged later in his life. From that chapter I have learned a road to avoid. It is not in front of me now.
Daddy would say, Molinda, you can drive anything! I certainly didn’t grow up thinking women were inferior to men. When I was 10 my dad and I raced from Kentucky to Bell Missouri and try as he may, I won! Obviously, later I realized I wasn’t legal to drive. The car we drove had an automatic transmission and I wasn’t introduced to a “stick” shift until I was 14. I loved changing gears.
The hum of the engine told me when it was time to shift, so I started the car, pulled out in 1st gear shifted to second, shifted to third, cruised in 4th and raced in 5th or Overdrive to travel at maximum speed.
Last week I struggled with frustration trying to write my outline. I felt confused and overwhelmed. Then, I remembered Daddy’s example. He just did the right thing each day. I am doing the right thing each day! Daddy would say
Start your engine little one —– website, my little building for you to visit
Hear the hum of the engine, shift into 1st gear — share information
Depress the clutch and shift to Second — deliver content
Third Gear —Accelerate, stay focused, see the destination
Shift to Fourth and Go! It’s okay to hit overdrive! — Share bits of Wisdom Go, Go, Goforth