I Can’t Sell It

I keep thinking more and more about going out on my own and attempting to start my own business here in town. I know I could do something and maybe even be half-way successful. But there is a problem.

I can’t sell.

No, scratch that. I can sell. Hell yes I can sell. Ice cubes to Eskimos even. _If people are coming to buy_. I. Can’t. Cold call.

This has actually been bothering me since it’s keeping me from doing many things. But I have figured out what the problem is.

I won’t go where I’m not invited.

I have always, as long as I can remember, had a hang up about this. I don’t like walking up to strangers to talk. I don’t like to contact people that don’t know me. I don’t like being places unless I was specifically invited to be there. Makes me a horrible party crasher, I know, but it’s how I am. Part of the [quote]nice guy persona[end quote] I have most likely.

Socially awkward? Me? Oh you betcha. I do have a few tricks I can employ to get more over these particular humps when I really have to. Which makes me wonder why I can’t employ those same tricks to beat on doors and hock my wares.

For now I’ll keeping dropping resumes, trying to get a job with [quote]The Man[end quote]. I’m sure one of these days it will come to me across the board, not just when I’m [quote]podcast guy[end quote].

Categorized as Personal

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.


  1. dude, surely you could be a MINI MA. and yeah, i just called you shirley.

    but then again, i always think about how much i’d love to be a classic car mechanic and have my own shop. and i always arrive at the same conclusion: when your hobby becomes a job the chances of you having fun doing that hobby diminish.

    so here’s to hoping you find a job that doesn’t require you to blog/podcast/vlog about MINIs yet uses your WP/web/tech skillz to their fullest extent.

  2. I’ve thought about that, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t hiring right now either. If there is anything I could sell, it would be a MINI, that’s for sure. But, in doing that, I would probably have to stop doing WRR and MF. While I don’t do as much as I used to on MF, I would miss it. And the podcast. I can’t imagine not doing that!

    Something did come up today that I’m feeling pretty positive about. Hopefully something materializes from it!

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