GROWING OLD WITH GRACIE

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Good Old-Fashioned Common Sense

Sometimes I wish I would have went to college and learned more.  I'd love be be able to better express the way I feel...  to remember detailed, important stuff... to use the right words...  to make the thoughts in my heart and the knowledge in my head come out in a way that would make sense and be impressive.  Maybe college would have helped...




Always a slow learner, I struggled most of my life in everything new.  People generally don't look at you as someone of importance unless you have some kind of degree. That's just the way life is.



Shhh...  don't tell my dog that.  She thinks I hung the moon....




Certain things have come to me naturally, like knowing and loving God, and being a wife and a mom - all of those things, a piece of cake.




But that doesn't mean I've not messed up in even those things... 
 thank God for forgiveness.




 
In a day when women are all about careers and finding their place in the world, I found that I didn't fit in.  I had to work hard to get to where I am today.  I started out as secretary in my office.  But when the job for Specialist came open, I knew I had to move ahead!  
The training, traveling, seminars, and tests were exhausting and something I would have never thought of  even trying ten years earlier.  

Now, to be a hearing aid specialist,
 you have to have a bachelors degree for the position; 
 luckily I was grandfathered in.




I make a decent living now, and know a lot more than I did ten years ago.  But it's not the knowledge that was crammed into my brain that has helped me the most in my journey...




It's through God's continual guidance that my walk
leads me to something better each day.



Proverbs 4:23  Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.





The knowledge that I learned from classes, seminars and studying made it possible for me to pass the The State Board exam and be licnesed...  but it's the common sense stuff, the instruction from the Word of God, that has shown productive in growing our business the most.   




The owner of the business knows that from our numbers...  yet he aways falls back into looking at peers or those with a higher degree to help him with his marketing strategies.  

And that hurts our business.   



I don't believe that fitting and selling hearing aids should be a business that is run like a car dealership, nor that you need to 'beg' people to come into your office for a 'free' hearing test.  I don't believe you need to manipulate or bully someone into taking care of their hearing.

If you treat people right, they will be back and they'll bring a friend. 
That... is not head knowledge but good old fashioned common sense. 

 Many super-smart people don't have a clue as to what that is. 





Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 








Pictures, compliments of
Gracie's Day of Fun
and
Look! My Flowers Are Still Hanging On!!



My boss is still giving away $20 Wal Mart gift cards for those who
come in for a FREE hearing test!  Errrrrr

As aggrevated as I am with this, I may as well have some fun. 

I'm sending Hubby to Wal Mart for my own gift card and I'll be giving a $20 Wal Mart gift card to one of my friends who comment on this post.  All  names will be put in the basket and my  3 yr. old granddaughter will draw a name on Friday.  

 Good luck y'all!!