A number of years ago I came up with a saying, “You’re never as smart as you think you are and you are never as dumb as you appear.” Some of you are feeling pretty smart right now.
It could be that you are really smart, or it could be that you got lucky because of a once-in-a-lifetime market shift in your favor.
And of course, there are times when you feel pretty dumb. Even that may or may not be true. You might be a victim of a bad set of circumstances. Some of you have had bad franchises in bad locations or it could be that you’re a newer used car manager that inherited a hot mess for a used car inventory.
Or it could be you’re just dumb.
In any given set of circumstances, it’s important to maximize whatever you have. Right now, you may be maximizing things in spite of yourself or maybe you’ve been smart enough to make some good moves.
It could have been you didn’t know what to do and by doing nothing you got lucky.
The most important thing right now is recognizing where you are, how you got there, and how to stay on this magical course you’ve discovered.
Even with all that said, this business continues to be:
All about the basics.
All about the fundamentals.
All about your disciplines.
All about the processes.
All about understanding the data.
All about common sense.
All about your focus.
Never forget that sometimes when you get to the fork in the road you need to take it.
That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs