I discovered the featured occupations were as diverse as the folks working them. The article interviewed people like Eliza Kendall who excelled monetarily in a niche market – boutique port-a-potties for upscale events. (It’s nice to see someone is still flush in this economy.)
Then there was the guy who worked as a truck driver. Not a lucrative occupation if you're shelling out between $3.75 and $4.00 a gallon for diesel fuel. After talking to a fellow driver at a truck stop, he learned of an opportunity transporting semi trucks from the factory to the dealers. This man now earns around $160,000 a year doing a job most people aren't aware exists. In addition to delivering semi trucks, he’s also delivering a relevant message – don’t wait for your truck to come in. Drive out to meet it.
My favorite interview capsule was about a writer. Of course. Kimberly Causey grew up in a family of furniture manufacturers. She knows the business. After a stint as an interior decorator in her 20's, this savvy lady realized the list of wholesale contacts she had accumulated might be of value to fellow decorators. She painstakingly created a cross reference book, generated some media interest, and self published her creation. It was a solid success. She then wrote another book - a guide to furniture factory outlets and where to find the best bargains. The general public fell in love with the idea so much that Kimberly hit the $100,000 a year mark by the time she was 31.
Sigh. I just love happy endings.
My purpose for this blog is not to review a published article. It’s to encourage all of us to pursue dreams even if it means going down a road less travelled. Who says rainbows are at the end of a major highway? Sometimes they lurk in the rutted, washed out lanes that most people refuse to navigate.
I may be older than dirt but I’m not in the dustpan yet. I’m still putting words on paper in hopes of blindsiding some unsuspecting editor who will leap out of her chair. . . run to the nearest open window . . . and announce to the whole world in a voice that commands attention, “DEB SANDERS IS THE NEXT BIG THING!”
Okay, some dreams need a little editing.
To read the entire article by Blake Ellis, click HERE.