I’ll be like Bear Bryant, dead in 30 days if I don’t find some new meaning in my otherwise boring life. I don’t golf. I’m married and that provides me with an ample amount of frustration. Why add golf to the list?
I thought about becoming greeter at Wal-Mart. There are two kinds of greeters that work at Wal-Mart. One “likes” to be there. He’s happy and just interested in having some meaning in his day. The other one “has” to be there to make ends meet. Life for him is not as happy.
So on Monday morning, I started a second career with the same company that now graces me with a pension, the Knights of Columbus Insurance.
The truth is I have trouble with long weekends. Retirement ain’t gonna fly for me.
I’m still writing books. Jeff Slutsky and I have a new one coming out next year with McGraw-Hill, which is a sequel to our 1997 book “The Toastmasters International Guide to Successful Speaking.” While that kept me a little busy, it doesn’t fill the void of working full time.
What I really want to do is write trash novels. Since my brain is pretty trashy anyway, it’s not a stretch for me to pen an embarrassing story about love lost and love found. I think I’ll take on the pen name Norbert Roberts, since Nora Roberts is my favorite trash novelist.
When you’re blessed with a twisted mind that is cluttered with evil thoughts most of the time anyway, the best way to cleanse it is to cast those thoughts to a piece of paper and entertain those with similar twisted minds.
So stay tuned… there could be a trash novel in the future.
Since I’ve been in business most of my life, it would be a shame for me not to consider opening a new business. Some buddies of mine who are geeks by the very definition of the word can do anything and everything with a computer. One is an expert in programming and the other can build a computer from a box of junk parts.
As a matter of fact they can do anything and everything. Their client list reads like a “Who’s Who” in business ranging from NASA to Boeing
to Disney. They trip over most of their business and have no clue how to market themselves.
So they approached me about building a marketing plan for them. They have a nebulous name for their company that includes their initials.
That bird won’t fly. So there I was dreaming one night and I had a nightmare about how my computer crashed and I called on them to save
the day, which they did!
When I woke from my nightmare, I decided that my guys need a new handle, so I’ve decided to brand them as MY GUYS, the geek experts.
When one has a computer or software problem, they simply contact MY GUYS for a solution.
In addition to helping with the branding and marketing, I want to
enhance the business by providing training and consulting services to the clients who have those needs as well.
Our consultancy will reach across the normal borders and will include me assisting with business clients who want to assess their insurance needs, leaning on my 40 years in the life insurance business. I won’t be selling them insurance only helping them to buy from the company of their choice.
Other services will include providing potential clients with accounting needs through an association with a firm that provides those services. Similar services will be provided through an attorney referral service to provide legal and estate planning needs.
Finally, we’ll also be providing discount cards to a number of establishments through an affiliation with Lyoness, allowing clients to save money on goods they’re already purchasing.
The whole goal of MY GUYS is to help as many people as possible. That should keep me busy in my retirement.
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