Yup, if you listen now, you will get to hear something that no one else has heard yet.
But they will and it makes me proud of the job I have.
I get to help people during the year and make lifelong friends!
Today’s topic is perspective. At work today I got a call from a listener that just fits everything I’ve been talking about recently.
“Hello Sean, I won Monster Truck tickets, but you never told me to pick them up, so I didn’t so I want tickets to the next concert that comes into town.”
HUH Are you kidding me, this winner was with me and I told her the same thing I told the rest, pick the tickets up on Friday. Now it’s OVER A WEEK AFTER the Monster Trucks were in town. When I told her that I would be unable to accommodate her request and offered her dinner and some t-shirts she screamed at the top of her lungs she said to me :
“Fuck you, I’ll never listen to you ever again.”
She got mad because I didn’t agree with her and in the end she took her ball and went home. Is this my fault, no. Did I offer a substitute prize? Yes! But she was so blinded, by not getting what SHE WANTED, that her fit and hanging up on me didn’t bother me at all. Ten years ago, I’d be shaken. I’d be worried about that one person. What happened if she determined the ratings of my station. OH NO!
But I realize now that I can’t control her actions. I can’t control that she didn’t pick up her tickets. I can take responsibility for calling her week of the show reminding her to pick up the tickets, I can take responsibility for even having her tickets with me at the event waiting for her. I can’t take responsibility for her not picking them up.
That’s what years in radio have given me, perspective. Instead of worrying about what I can’t control, the actions of other people and how when they don’t get the results that THEY want, I worry about how I can deliver results to them.
It doesn’t matter if she got mad and took her ball home.
I’ve got other friends to play with.
And for the record, her ball sucked.
Great news! I’ve been promoted to Director of Digital Media for my company regional office. I’ve been hoping for a day like this where I can take the knowledge that I have been growing with my #wahooligan group of friends and utilize it to improve my companies position online and utilizing Social Media to our advantage. It’s a new adventure and I hope to take it to new heights!
Thanks to my family and friends who continue to encourage me on this new path.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Thank you Robert Frost, I’m back on a new road. Where it takes me depends on the friends I make on the way.
Some of you may be asked to help me with a special project.
It’s about cheering up a friend of mine going through a tough time.
Tonight I actually played some poker. See http://www.instanttragedy.com for all the details and dirt.
I’m finding that it is harder and harder to find people that understand what I do in my career. Recently I was asked if I would consider moving to Montana if there was a radio gig there. It’s not the daypart that I work that’s important, but the people I work with.
Thus, it would have to be an opportunity to do something amazing or something that would get me closer to Indiana so I could see the kids more often.
I laughed today as Jo came in and actually took a nap while I made dinner. She’s not used to working 8 hours a day. Silly student. I think that once she gets into the swing of things that she is going to love this job. There is still a possibilty of a better gig opening up for her. I wish her nothing but the best.
She brought up today that I don’t have pictures up on here or on facebook of me and her.
Simple reason, I’m normally the one behind the camera.
Today, I went out and bought a whole bunch of stuff that I’ve been needing at the store but haven’t had the time nor the money for. It just had to be done. In Joanna’s mind next stop, new pants and shoes. Hold your horses little missy.
I’ve finally caught up reading the 2100 posts that were stuck in bloglines today. I kinda missed reading my friends and have been so caught up with my projects at work and home that I haven’t had time to read, play or do anything fun.
That changed tonight. If I don’t make the changes that allow me to enjoy some time, I’ll end up miserable. But as for now, I am excited and pumped.
Good things are coming my way!
start with the smallest of comments.
I was never expecting what was said…
but I am glad it happened.
Yes, I know I’ve been away more. I’ve been thinking on people I have let down and those who let me down. I’ve been taking care of work since my job is expendable during times of economic stress. I’ve been working on the house, moving Joanna to her new apartment and knowing that there are some people I miss, and some I will never forgive.
But I will never forget them either.
Working on a food drive for the Salvation Army. If we raise 8500 cans the station mascot “Pork Chop the Pig” lives a comfortable life being a mamma pig in a pig farm. If we don’t hit our goal, it’s Christmas ham.
If you think I would never do such a thing.
I would do a lot of things if pushed to it.
4 more days Pork Chop. You better hope people feel for you or its… wait for it…
Curtains for you Bacon for me!
(all you PETA wackjobs and vegan representatives can wait until Friday and direct all protests to the nearest brick wall)
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