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DPB 105: Mark Jennison on How to Turn Life’s Challenges into Strengths

By December 8, 2016 No Comments
Mark Jennison

It goes without saying, but Mark Jennison has experienced enough to last three lifetimes. His comeback story offers perspective about how you can leverage life’s challenges into strengths.

From the age of 14, drugs and alcohol were a staple in his life. With each passing year, the addiction grew stronger. In fact, recently on Facebook Mark posted that he used to stick a straw in a whole bag of coke just to wake up in the morning.

During that time, however, Mark made millions of dollars. He used his money to finance a $400/day drug addiction. He tried at times to get help, but would eventually rebind with a vengeance.

He lost everything. His money, his company, his wife, and his son. His story reached its boiling point when some bad decisions with a women and his best friend ended by Mark waking up to find his friend dead.

It was that experience that caused him to reflect deeply on what mattered most in his life and choose to make some changes.

All it takes is one decision

Each of us has our own challenges; demons that haunt us and keep us from rising to our fullest potential. Though many have not experienced a tenth of what Mark has gone through, our challenges are unique to us and have a way of dragging our spirits into the trash bin.

For some of us it’s depression or anxiety; for others, it’s alcohol or fast food. Heck, it might even be an addiction to gaming or smartphones.

Whatever your vice, positive change comes from making a single decision. Mark’s message is about growth and change. It’s about how you can leverage whatever challenges you face in life and gain strength from them. The kind of strength that will have you accomplish some powerful things.

Money can’t be your motivator

Money comes and goes. It’s too fluid to be a motivator. There has to be something that is more meaningful than money to keep you pushing toward your definition of success.

Mark suggests that helping people is a true motivator; to see their lives change. When it comes to your career in automotive, you don’t have to be Mother Theresa. However, you can use the time that you have with people to enrich and empower them. You never know what a warm greeting and genuine interest might do to change someone’s day.

How does this apply to your career in automotive?

Your job can’t come before you. You are the important piece of the puzzle that makes the job work or not. If you are not focused on improving your life, it will have an adverse impact on all other facets of your life.

It will affect how you greet people and engage them during the sales process. It will impact whether you show genuine interest in your customers. Consider that one of the reasons you feel you could be doing better in your job is because you know you can be doing better in your life.

Help others and you’ll be taken care of

Be a good person. Be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. Don’t give up, either. A fundamental principal for achieving success is that what you reap you will also sow. If you sow good, you will also reap good. Zig Ziglar famously said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Each of us has challenges and setbacks

On Episode 5 of the DPB, Dr. Willie Jolley shared that a Setback is a Setup for a Comeback. When you’re in the trenches, it can be difficult to see that what you are experiencing is shaping you will become. The decisions you make in the thick of the challenge will determine the strength that you acquire.

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