June 01, 2012
June 1, 3 a.m., Back in Burlington, N.C.
I let off the gas pedal as I rolled down my driveway a few minutes ago, pressed the brake as I stopped to park and my feet felt different as they hit the land I grew up on.
I was back home.
I’m coming off a jam-packed, three-day trip to two Midwest cities that helped make our country great – Cleveland and Chicago. Very different metropolitan areas … but very much the same in terms of the people living there.
See, people in those cities have been hit hard by the economy and loss of jobs – not unlike most cities. People are hungry for a chance … they just want an opportunity.
They are tired of looking for work, tired of worrying about how to make ends meet and tired of what their normal day-to-day life has become.
That’s why I hit the road – to help those people.
I was looking for people that still have a dream, aren’t afraid to work for it and don’t believe that the American Dream is dead.
What I found out was what I suspected about people in both cities – there are plenty of capable people out there and we just needed to tell them how we can help them find a better way.
For three days, we met with people during our “Midwest Swing” and told them about how The Alliance believes in Having Fun, Making Money and Making a Difference. We held training for people already working with us and we met with tons of new people to explain how we help protect American families every day.
The room was packed in Chicago. People were on the edge of their seats, taking notes, asking questions and doing all the things I look for in new people when I first meet them.
They were fired up! And, I was fired up that they were so fired up! I loved it.
The look in people’s eyes reminded me of when we were about to land in Chicago late the night before. You could see all the lights on downtown buildings below us, shining and glowing bright. Those lights represent what started as an opportunity for a person many years ago.
Somebody started with a dream and an idea.
Long before a business becomes big, it starts with one person – just one bright light. That person works hard, and keeps trying to grow the business. Eventually, you have to get a bigger building and you have to have more lights.
The day before that – Wednesday – we were in Cleveland and it was the same deal. The room was full.
On Tuesday, I shared with you that we had a meeting with some people that are interested in helping us start our own insurance company. After that, we got invited to a Cleveland Indians baseball game and we got the V.I.P. treatment.
See, it’s still about working hard but also remembering to play hard too. That’s what I did in the last 65 hours.
I’ve shared three vlogs with you this week and now I’m going to share a fourth installment below. Don’t forget to leave comments … I read them all.
P.S. Check back over the weekend, I might just have another vlog to share with you.
Until next time …