Cindy Novotny

Zero to 260 mph

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As many of you know, I am the type of person that goes from zero to 100.  I like to get on with it and love getting things done as quickly (and as efficiently) as possible.  Life is so busy for most of us, but it is worth it when we stay productive and on top of it.  The most successful people are the ones with the go-getter mentality!  I’m talking about those who push through, don’t give up and those who use their failures as lessons of growth.

But what most of you DON’T know is that at a very young age, I was able to visit the pits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  And let me tell you, it was such an incredible experience.  It was right about the time when electronics became more reliable for the teams to use two-way radios for better communication.

The reason I bring up that story relates to my blog today. This week I was able to work with the amazing Capitol Auto Group up in Salem, Oregon.  It is so much fun to spend a few days with a client who really “gets it.” In addition, I even got to enjoy my love of cars and racing as I spent time speaking to over 300 employees about drive, commitment, sense of urgency, enthusiasm and ambition.

But to top off the night, one of the service managers invited me to visit Gregg Lawrence’s ( garage where he and his team of mechanics were taking apart an A/Fuel Dragster.  I was able to watch these talented men work for an hour and see how quickly, yet efficiently they move.  The car that I watched be taken apart has to be back up and ready in two weeks to race.

As I spent an hour just in awe, I also learned about the incredible amounts of money that is put into this.  I mean hundreds and thousands of dollars go into just the tools!  This is the kind of hobby that can only become a business if you WIN.  What most people in this industry are trying to do is figure out how to make money in a hobby like this, while knowing that it is also an extremely competitive sport.

When you invest your own money into a sport or hobby that will bring you nothing in return unless you are first to cross that finish line, it can be an extremely scary thought.  But how will you know if you never put yourself in that situation?  Sometimes you do have to take a risk to be able to do your best to win the race and accomplish what you wanted from the beginning.  It’s the same way with your job today.

Do you have the drive, ambition and guts to make that final push as the car does as it comes out of the pit?  Because in all reality, in a race like the Indy 500, pushing yourself to make it through the 500 miles with your timing on point is crucial for you to win.

So do you have what it takes to push yourself in your 500 mile race when you get out of bed tomorrow?