Monday, April 20, 2015

Perspective is all in the eyes #atozchallenge

Hello, I am almost caught up.  Sorry I know I am behind and you are suppose to either blog everyday or write a blog and schedule it to go live on the right day.  These are 2 things I am working on but I am still a work in progress.

There are so many things I can say about this word and we all know that different things call for different perspectives but here is the definition:

  1. 1.
    the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
    "a perspective drawing"
  2. 2.
    a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
    "most guidebook history is written from the editor's perspective"

Ok I am going to say it.  The first explanation of this word I didn't even think of so that is a new way to look at it....bun

Here is a lesson in perspective that my son taught me today and I am glad that he looked at it this way.  If not then it could have been damaging to him which in turn would have been damaging to me because we all want to protect our children from any hurt or pain.

My son has been working a job with a company selling office supplies and equipment for the past couple of weeks and it started the first week as regular pay and then to straight commissions.  My son is only 20 yrs old and has never had any type of sales/commission based job.  Yes he has worked at fast food and did detailing for a huge car dealership but nothing that was straight commissions.

Now my son like most kids his age are into gaming, youtube, guitars and all things boys except sports and hardly ever leaves his room.  Ok he leaves it for the bathroom, shower and food but short of actual work he never leaves it.

Now his boss and the other people that work there are a little older but have been with this company for several years.  They believe in team building and bonding time which I think is great.  They have a relationship outside of work and can all hang out without getting into trouble.  My son was the youngest so some things he couldn't go out and do with them but that is ok because he was still making friends with them.

He has been out of town about 2 hrs from home trying to get people to use the service his company offers instead of what they currently use for their office supplies.  Now for a 20 yr old that has no sales experience this can be hard.  He has sold 7 accounts all $100 or below except 1 and his commissions on it won't be more then $200 for a 2 week ordeal.  Not to mention he has to pay for his own fuel and that is putting a ton of miles on his car which is an older car as it is.  We talked over the weekend and I told him that he may want to look for another job because he has bills to pay and this one isn't cutting it so to speak.

He called me this morning on my way to work and told me that he and the boss came to an understanding that this job wasn't for him and that it was best if he found something else.  I asked how he felt about it this was his reaction:

"It was all good because they were still going to hang out during the week as friends and he got experience that he didn't have.  The bonus was that he was going to get a good recommendation from his boss because he is a fast learner but still needs to get more confidence in approaching people he don't know to sell them something."

Most people in his position wouldn't have this type of attitude about it but I can smile and say that I have taught my children right.  Everything is a learning experience and the only difference is how you respond and what you do with it.  He is going to hit up temporary agencies to get another job.  He doesn't like to be unemployed.

When was the last time you let something negative give you a positive perspective on things?  I always try to look for a positive in every situation regardless of how dark it may seem.

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