I have a friend who worked in an internet service provider company. Marco’s job usually entailed marketing the services to business owners and managers, setting them up merchant accounts and putting their business names in the top list of search engine optimization. He considered this craft of convincing people as challenging but a very rewarding line of trade. It would leave him a sense of elation every time a businessman would sign up for the services. But what’s more fulfilling about his job was when he would start building rapport with these businessmen and created lasting friendships with some of them.
It was easy for the business owners and managers to build affinity with Marco’s salesman persona because aside from his natural gift of convincing people, he also had a good background in business. He grew up in a household of business-minded people. His grandfather was a businessman who tackled the world of real estate. His parents run a medium-scale business in town. He graduated with honors as a marketing student in college. He could have been running his own business or get into the higher corporate ladder but he chose this path of relating to young and old people who managed business establishments in Tucson. His talent and background in business allowed him to become a mentor of the young ones who were new in running a business. It also allowed him to help the older folks to learn how to take advantage of the modern technology which is beneficial for their business.
Marco did these things without expecting any pay. It was out of compassion for older people who have been in the business for a long time and wanted to catch up with the modern times. He was daunted to see a few of their shops being closed for bankruptcy or mismanagement reasons. It’s more disheartening for him to see the thriving businesses of old people being affected by environmental disasters.
When a destructive flood had hit Tucson and caused terrible water damages in homes and commercial properties, Marco had seen the importance of having someone who can help the old entrepreneurs deal with the aftermath of the flood. So, he volunteered to help them out by providing resources that could work alongside with them to restore their business as soon as possible. He knew some dependable websites that could help provide information about helpful services in the area. But he turned to Jon Madrigal, owner of a Tucson water damage company website, to ask for assistance. Jon was able to give much of his worthwhile recommendations on what flood restoration companies to call. Businesses then were able to get back on top after being restored.
I think Marco had not just found a job, he was able to find his calling. He was put in that place to serve in his own ways and to make an impact on other’s lives. Right now, he’s starting his own small business, continues to stay in touch with the old entrepreneurs in the area and he’s working on a website about business coaching.