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  2. Merry Christmas

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  3. Checkin In

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  5. Women Are Like Bacon

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  6. THE CARS THAT MADE AMERICA

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  7. MEN ARE JUST HAPPY PEOPLE

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  8. HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE

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  9. Frequent Flyer Miles

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  10. He died. Now what?

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  12. Is 2016 the year?

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  13. Emergency Service

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  14. My wooden air engine.

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  18. BACK SEAT DRIVERS

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  20. It is a Ford!

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    • A bit of a clickbait title, but not inaccurate. The shop is doing amazing, and I haven't been here but a few hours here and there since last June. Prior to that I had been the shuttle driver and not much else.  I sold the shop to my manager, something that has been in the works for over 3 years. Spending the next couple days at the shop getting a few things settled (vendor accounts, recurring payments, etc) before the final handover on Saturday. I'm retired now at 55, and I won't have to work another day. My wife and I are moving onto our boat and we're going to sail around the world a few times. The moral of the story is that you CAN get there. You don't have to be particularly bright, I'm certainly not. You don't even have to be an amazing manager. There are thousands of shop owners who are better managers than I am. You do have to work hard. Way harder than the average guy, and a lot of guys work pretty hard.  You do have to be smart about your business. Don't spend money you don't have yet. Cash in the bank fixes a world of sins, make sure you have plenty.  You do have to take calculated risks. Business ownership is not for the meek. You'll have to take risks that the average guy would never dream of. Be fearless, but DO THE MATH before you jump. You do have to fully understand your financials. If you can't read a P&L and be able to see there's a problem that needs further investigation, you better learn how. Same with your KPI's. You do have to do great marketing, and lots of it. There are guys out there who claim they don't need to do any marketing and are swamped. Maybe there are, but I'm not one of them. Odds are you aren't either. Get busy marketing. And you do have to get good business coaching and listen to what they say. You could be stupid like me and wait 12 years before you finally get a business coach and start making money, but why would you want to do that? Get one now. If they don't pay for themselves many times over, odds are you didn't do the work to go with the advice. John
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