Golden Anniversary of My Paper Route

50 Years Lessons Learned

I’ll never forget the day in 1969 when my Mom told me that she had arranged for me to become a paper boy.  It wasn’t my idea to spend less time playing and become more responsible.  I was eleven and my Mom had five other kids in the house.  She was looking for ways to keep us busy.  When I sold my route two and a half years later I had doubled deliveries and revenue.  I learned many lessons fifty years ago that still apply today.

  • I learned that I had within me the will to succeed. I didn’t know during the first couple of days, and especially the first Sunday if I could physically do the job. After early assistance from my older brother and ongoing encouragement from my parents, I learned that I could do the job by myself.  And from then on it was a matter of continuing to show up. This laid the foundation of all of my future successes.  The feeling of accomplishment and freedom was and still is addictive.
  • Your customers complain if you don’t deliver.
  • If you don’t collect you don’t get paid. And it was OK to be aggressive with late payers.  I paid for the papers before delivering them.  I was going to get my money.
  • Persistence allows you to improve, make work lighter and build a successful business.
  • It’s always good to be the guy with money.

After being a paperboy I went on to be a school janitor, shoe shine boy, dish washer, landscaper, liquidator, Financial Advisor and then a series of 401(k) marketplace sales positions.  All positions taught me lessons but none provided more than my paper route.  Thanks Mom.

Christopher H. Barlow

Managing Director

KnowHow 401(k), LLC

cbarlow@knowhow401k.com

January 2019

 

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