This past weekend I took the truck in to get the oil changed. I drive 40 miles to the Classic Cadillac in Roswell even though there is a dealership near the house. The dealers close to me are money moochers, trying to nickel and dime you for everything by using the “free inspection” technique. “Mr. Thomas your Das EFX has malfunctioned. We can replace it for $500? Do you want EFX?”
One time I took the truck to the local Goodyear and after the “free inspection” they too found an issue. Apparently I had a cracked rim. I thought that was strange since I didn’t have any issues but sure enough they show me the huge crack in my rim and I started losing air after the oil change and free inspection. The interesting thing is one of the owners started chatting me up and said, “Oil changes are money losers for us. We need to up sell our service department to make money.” BOY BYE!!!! I couldn’t wait to get my keys back.
My appointment is at 8:40 and as usual when I get there someone is standing at the entrance to open my door and greet me. They take the keys, do all the paperwork and tell me it’ll be about an hour. I walk in to the showroom looking for Billy to shoot the breeze. Billy is the salesman who works with me on my purchases. We are chatting up about his family, my family, business etc. He then shows me the new CTS-V. This thing is WICKED. It has the LT4 640 horsepower Corvette engine and all kinds of performance upgrades. I want this car!!!! An hour goes by and the truck is not ready which is strange. They normally hold to the timeline however I don’t say anything because they always give good service and I’m sitting in the CTSV.
Finally my service advisor comes to tell me the truck is ready. As I walk in to pay the bill I notice a young man detailing the wheels. Will, my service advisor, sees me looking and tells me that they are finishing up. It’ll only be a minute. Again, no big deal as the hand wash is complimentary and I hadn’t had it cleaned in three weeks due to rain. I knew the truck was really dirty. I finish the transaction and step out to the service bay and the man is still at it. He looks up and says, “I want your truck to look really clean. There is a black spot of road tar on the rear bumper I am trying to get off.” He is really working that road tar off. Real talk, that tar has been on there for at least two months. I couldn’t get it off, the detail shop I go to couldn’t get it off but here he is working it off the truck.
I ask his name, shake his hand and thank him profusely as I know he didn’t have to do that. Musa (moosuh), the Detail Manager, looks at me and says, “Can I ask you a question? How did you get so successful?” I was taken aback as no one has ever asked me that question. “I see you riding nice and I want to be successful too. How did you do it?” This is what I told him.
“Musa it is by the Grace of God I am here. “I went through hardships and struggles, both personal and financial, which pushed me so deep down the rabbit hole that I literally could only look to God to get me out. AND HE DID!!” I told him some highlights about my journey to illustrate the path God pushed me through leading to this statement, “You have to pray to God and ask Him to lead your path. Musa, tell me one thing that you would do even if you didn’t get paid to do it? Name one thing that you are passionate about.” He responded, “I don’t really know, something in sports.”
“Musa, that is a generic statement. What would you do…..” to which he responded,
“I really want to play baseball again.”
“What’s stopping you?”
“I don’t have time.”
“Dude, to be successful you have to make time even if that means losing sleep or sacrificing something to achieve your goal. We can pray to God but if you don’t work the plan you will not get far. Example, I need to lose weight so I work out a half hour in the morning and 1 ½ hours in the evening in order to get my two hours a day. To be successful you have give up something.”
He thanked me for the advice and I dapped him up. Before I left I gave him my card and asked permission to write a story about him. I know you will read this. Thank you for detailing my truck. You went above and beyond to get it looking super sharp. When you are ready to talk some more you know how to get at me. #classiccadillacatlanta