why I left commercial art for a future in custom car sales

By | October 27, 2013

1963 Avanti

Tacoma does not need more art.

There is more art in Tacoma than any one person could see, hear, taste, smell, or touch in a lifetime.

Look at the “art” posted anywhere on the internet. It’s like electronic litter. A bunch of used electronic Kleenex’s. Here, you want another used Kleenex? You can have my essay when I’m done with it.

Hey, City of Tacoma, are you reading this literary art that I’m making? Give me a grant, so I can buy some more Nalley’s Jalapeno Chili and a can of ground coffee. Caffeine free.

Free Tacoma! Electronic art litter is Out of Control. So is the art litter I stumble over when I walk the streets of this art garbage can of a city. Bunch of recycled garbage made with recycled ideas from recycled minds made of recycled media.

Tacoma does not need more art.

Tacoma needs more garbage cans. Not the recycling kind. The REAL kind.

Mofo from the Hood’s Blog. November 20, 2011. Essay written February 4, 2010.
Within four months of those words I broke through the paper door to the hellish realm of used car sales. The previous summer, I had also broken through to that other side, and amazingly found my way back after two grueling months of verbal abuse and intimidation–the type so well known amongst industry insiders from anywhere who have faced the uncertainties of car industry managers and customers.

But this much is certain: With my accumulated industry record of the recent three and a half years, added with the 2009 experience, and further added with my three years of experience professionally servicing and detailing cars while a teenager, the unrelenting question remains: And now?

Maybe the following viewpoint will just about explain the surrounding world and what is possible to achieve through mindful thought and action.

This is the age of the technofunctional. We each have the opportunity to succeed economically, and to improve our personal well-being, through the use of technology; specifically the internet.

Ideas. Capital. Action. Until recently, there has been a high capital and risk barrier that prevented many entrepreneurs from entering certain markets, like commercial art or car sales, at a scale beyond a hobby business. With the advent of the internet, most everyone has access to information in an instant, and likewise the opportunity to distribute information effectively and efficiently, with very low capital and very low risk.

Tacoma has great profit-potential and an abundance of business minded, knowledgeable leaders. The use of the internet is the great leveler in the context for business which always includes uncertainty, scarcity, and dynamism.

What Tacoma needs is more technofunctionals, more people who will take economic risks–more people who will use their minds and vocational skills to set up businesses with potential for profit.–M.S.T.

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