Barcelona, You Won!

Updated: Mar 11, 2019


It’s the simplest questions that are often the most difficult to answer.


Lying in bed the other night with my fiancée put her book down in a way that without uttering a word said, “Mark, it’s time to pay attention!”


Deep breath: in Mark’s world, it’s best to be ready for anything!


“Do you like your closet door opened like that?” she asked while pointing across the room at my wide opened closet door. While glad not to have gotten the dreaded “do these jeans make me look fat?” question, I was just as uncertain about how to answer. You never know how deep these rabbit holes can go.


Believing honesty is always best in a relationship and deciding not to overthink it, I told her the truth: “I don’t notice the closet door: whether the door is opened or closed!”


Apparently I need to pay better attention to what is going on around me!


That’s probably good advice. Around me lately has been a bit of a whirlwind. But unlike the opened closet door, I HAVE noticed those changes: they’re entirely due to this blog and podcast.


Unlike the opened closet door, it would be hard not to notice the buzz in my life that the blogging and podcasting has created. My phone, email and text messages are all “ringing” off the hook! Since I dropped my last blog post about Dan Calkins, that story has been read by almost 700 dealers. Even more exciting is that the first real episode of my podcast got listened to over 400 times. Many of you have reached out to me and I hope that will continue: I LOVE hearing from readers and listeners, especially if you want to talk about other topic ideas!


I’m glad I seemed to have hit that content “sweet spot” for so many dealers. I have always felt that this industry did a poor job in delivering information and I hope I’m bringing some change to that. If you have not read and listened to those previous posts, I encourage you to scroll back and read about and listen to Dan.


But there is much more to come.


This blog post you’re reading now may be a bit light on paint content: that’s due mostly to exhaustion. Being far too old to trust technology to send money, I am just back from hand-delivering my most recent paycheck to my daughter, who is studying this semester in Barcelona. I’m not so much tired from the travel as I am exhausted from reaching into my wallet so many times!