The $6000 car adventure begins

I don’t know why I feel like talking about this – but I really want to talk about it.  I bought a $6000 car the other day.  It’s a Volkswagen Jetta TDI.  If you know Volkswagen, you’d probably know that a TDI is a turbo diesel engined car.  VW is not the only car company that uses that designation, some of the other German car companies, in particular, use that.

So, the back story is that a young woman was driving this car through Reno Nevada when the engine blew up.  Seems that she’d been ignoring maintanence on it and was overdue for a timing belt (hell, I didn’t even know that diesel engines had a timing belt).  But, she blew it up either way.

Her father just said to leave the car with the repair shop and go by a new car.  So my friend Marvin, who owns the shop, got title of the car and rebuilt the engine.

So, here was this white Jetta with a near perfect interior, and a very good exterior, and a brand new powerplant.  I had to have it!.

Now, I did discover one issue – the windshield is brand new and does not have any tint.  Neither do any of the side windows.  I contacted a new car window tinting company, Reno Tahoe Window Tint to get a quote.  They came up with $185 to do all the windows and a strip across the front window.  I think it’s a good price, I just feel funny doing this kind of work to my beater car.  But, it’s Reno and a good window tint will save me in the heat of the summer.

Tonight, I did notice that I have a parking light lamp out.  I hope it’s alot less expensive to replace than the one on my BMW.  That thing was a ridiculous $350 to replace.  Crazy!

Our Workspace at Work

My buddy who owns a Hood Cleaning company in Denver Colorado asked me a question about working from home.  Michael’s never been to my house, but he was curious because I talk about how weird it is to run three companies out of a two bedroom condo.

Funny thing is, we don’t even think about it.  We just do it.  And it seems to work.  Company meetings are held at the little 4 seater dining room table, frequently, someone is sitting in recliners in the living room with a MacBook laptop, pounding out articles, and our desks are under a queen sized bed in the guest room.

Yep.  You read that right.  Our desks are UNDER the bed in the spare bedroom.  I call it a ‘queen-sized-double-bunk-desk’.  It seemed like the most functional thing to do.  Our spare bed is for the occasional out of town guest.  So we wanted to utilize the space more often as an office.

queen-sized-double-bunk-desk

The bed is on top of 4′ tall cubicles framed from 2×4 lumber and sound insulated with cardboard (recycled boxes) and inexpensive carpet.  This construction made it very simple to run cables and electrical.

The bedframe itself is just an IKEA frame.  And the desks consist of IKEA roll away desks and file cabinets.  Recently, we added LED light bars under the beds that shine down on the desks.

The cubicles cost us about $125 to build.  So, the total office setup was less than $600 (with all the things from IKEA) not including the mattress.

So, now I can work hard until the afternoon, and take a comfortable nap on my desk.

 

Something you did not want to see: Reading is important for success.

I always want to start with a statistic that I’ve read somewhere.  Kind of ironic for an article that says “Reading is important for success.”  I will find the statistic again to verify, but it basically says that somewhere over 50% of Americans never read a book after they graduate from high school.

Personally, I find that a tough statistic to believe.  But, I compare that to the reading list of a Fortune 500 CEO and I wonder how many people know the difference.  On average, F500 CEO’s read 35 books a year.  And most are not reading any fiction. So, let’s start at the age of 18.  If you were keeping pace with your peers, from 18 to 25, you would have read zero books.  But let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and say you read one.  So, in 7 years, you increased your intelligence, your attitude, your world knowledge, by one (1) book.  Meanwhile, the up and coming CEO has devoured two hundred forty five (245).

Now, if you’re into ‘wage disparity’ thinking, you might be jealous that the average F500 CEO earns 200x more than the average wage earner in the USA.  Maybe ‘wage disparity’ is simply ‘effort disparity’.

Are you success minded?  Are you open to reading?  It might be the key to finding your next level of success.

young woman reading a book on success

Start. Then finish.

I pile through books.  Not all of them are good.  But I do have one important thing I do with every book – I open it and start reading it.  If I find the material bad or boring, I speed up and read it anyway.  Maybe there will be a nugget of information that will make it worth the read.  If not, at least I kept to my plan of starting and finishing.

Also, I have to admit, I like audio books.  Especially if they are read by the author.  I don’t think a Grant Cardone audio or a Gary Vaynerchuk book would be nearly as good without hearing them.  I get a sense of their heart, and their passion when they are the one reading it.  And a funny thing – after having listened to a couple of books on tape from each of them, when I read their books, in my head, I hear their voices as I read their stuff.  Weird, right?

So where do you start?

Start with me.  I have some great suggestions for you if you’re interested in success, attitude, and more.  I’m not a writer – I am a avid consumer of ideas.  So stay in touch.  I’ll let you in on some great books worth reading.

Footnote:  I have not found the exact statistic yet, but according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll asking 1,000 U.S. adults about their reading habits, 42 percent had not read a nonfiction book in the last year.