I’ve Always Wanted A Harley — Part 9

Owning My Own Business

Jerry Roth
I’ve Always Wanted a Harley

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What the human brain can do in a nanosecond is unbelievable. In the time it took me to register what the agent had just said and open my mouth to respond, my mind had played a full-length feature film of my new life, filled with custom bikes, a big house, fancy cars, gorgeous women, and cash — lots of cash. I tried to be cool and nonchalant, but my throat was stuck. I had to remind myself to breathe as I nodded and said, “Yes, I have heard of them.”

As I opened the file to a world that was completely new and foreign to me, my Lizard Brain kept interrupting me — only now it was preaching caution and worry and disbelief — making it difficult to concentrate. I had experienced a lot in my twenty-six years, but this was different. I was nervous and my pulse was racing. I wasn’t scared, but I didn’t want to look stupid.

The pages in the file consisted of a lot of numbers and spreadsheets and lists and propaganda. I tried to take it all in but even with all my studying and preparing for this moment, my father’s voice was telling me I couldn’t do it, that I wasn’t smart enough, that I would screw it up like I did everything else.

This was the inside of California Cycle Works — the inner workings — all their secrets and all their sales and all their profits. If I could make my…

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Jerry Roth
I’ve Always Wanted a Harley

It’s only lonely at the top if you're there by yourself. 44 years of management experience I would love to share with you. Visit JerryRoth.com