While much of the country vacillates between economic hope and hopelessness, there is one segment of the country that hasn't gotten the "things are tough" memo. I received a text message today from a young man that gives me hope for the future of our youth.
It went something like this:
Hi, Mr. Cooper. This is Jack. I was outside doing my parents lawn and I was wondering if you needed someone to cut the lawn next door?
Me: Absolutely. I was going to buzz you. When can you do it?
Jack: Just tell me when. I'm outside doing my parent's lawn right now.
Me: As soon as possible.
Jack: OK, I'll get on it.
Me: Thanks. You can text me the fee.
Jack: No problem. $50.00 for front, back and edging. It would need every week or every other week.
Me: Sounds good. Would you clean up the heat pump area?
Jack: Thank you, sir.
I love this kid. His parents are friends of mine, and Jack has helped me in the past. He has an entrepreneur's heart. He saw an opportunity, and instead of waiting for it to come to him, he went after it, gained a job and made sure that I knew it would need continuous care.
What a great lesson for all of us. If you want something, you've got to go after it. If it's available and the decision is not within your grasp, you need to ask. If you get what you want, can you see a way to make it become a continually producing part of your life?
When is the last time you walked into a bank and talked to the REO department? When is the last time you called a local bankruptcy or estate attorney to ask if you two could link up to do distressed and estate sales for him/her? When is the last time you called a FSBO to see if you could help him sell his house? That doesn't mean you have to list it, but you can still profit from it.
If you see an opportunity, ask about it. If you gain the opportunity, how can you turn it into a continuing resource? Entrepreneurship is an evolving process of having eyes to see what others aren't seeing, and then, putting yourself in a position to become the immediate solution. Good job, Jack!
The Kids Didn't Get the Memo