Scratch Beginnings

In an effort to disprove the construct of Nickel & Dimed, Adam Shepard shows us just how far you can get with the right attitude and worth ethic. Slipping off to Charleston, S.C. with $25 in his pocket, Adam gets into a homeless shelter the first night and takes us on the wild ride out of abject brokeness to being relatively flush with cash & a car.
One of the stories that resonated most with me was his tale of learning how to get a job from one of the shelter patrons– you gotta tell the hiring boss you’re the best damn candidate for the job, you’re a hard worker, you’ll show up every day, and that you want the job. Great advice, as I’ve interviewed dozens of people who seem to have little or no interest in the actual job I’m hiring for.
Adam writes a letter to the bus driver on his daily route and gives it to him on the last day of his run, to express his appreciation for the driver’s enthusiasm and ability to transform his day.
Biggest takeaway is that we’re capable of doing anything, if we have discipline and a goal.
Thanks for the free PDF, Adam! Best of luck for your future publications and careers!

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