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It’s fall in Texas.  Usually, this means that the Dallas/Fort Worth area looks to the Cowboys every weekend for a victory that can bring the city together.  This year, the Cowboys are bad.  Many move on to college football and pin their hopes on the Longhorns.  This year, the Longhorns are bad.  Even if you’re an OU fan, there’s not a lot to cheer about.

This October, fall’s least likely heroes, TCU and the Texas Rangers, are bringing this community together in a really great way.  It’s refreshing and I hope that it continues for many many years to come.

I wanted to take some time to talk about what I’m doing these days.  I quit my job…again.  Yes, this is the second job I’ve left in 4 months.  Since I started at my new company, I did not particularly agree with the manner in which employees were treated.  Some quick examples are not paying $1,200 to fix the air-conditioning in the middle of August, but sending the President to China with his wife for two weeks; not paying a $36 water bill to provide the warehouse employees with cold water; and failing to recognize an employee’s 30 year anniversary with the company. Those were all things that did not affect me directly, but they didn’t sit well.  My sense that something wasn’t right was heightened by the fact that I had to argue for every penny of commission I received and for the very first time in my 7 years as a commissioned salesperson, I would not receive commission.

These were all problems, nothing I couldn’t stick out though and I planned to do just that, with the hopes that I had a real opportunity to improve things.  Unfortunately, there was the final straw.  A gentleman that was asked to move from his home in Oregon, when Squadron bought out his company 4 years ago, went into a coma.  I got to know him fairly well in the short time I was there.  In fact, he was one of the few that I quickly warmed to and I am thankful for that.  He had leukemia.  I am raising money and training for a marathon in order to benefit LLS.  We bonded quickly.  I was sad to hear that he was losing his battle and then, I learned that he was fired over email.  He was fired so we wouldn’t have to pay medical or life insurance.

My sadness turned to outrage and I was left questioning my values.  How could I continue to work at a place that treated people like that?  We are given a few opportunities in life to really make a stand for what we believe in.  This was one of mine and I firmly believe that we have to take care of one another and that humans are the best resources that any company could ever have.  I found out about this on a Monday and made my decision to quit on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, I told my staff how I felt.  I also told them that they deserve more than that.  I gave my resignation (effective immediately) and walked out.

It was one of those days where I felt like the sun was shining just for me.  I know I did the right thing.  It certainly isn’t the easiest thing, but I feel really at peace about it.  This marathon has been important to me from day one, but in the last week, it has become a symbol for everything I stand for and I don’t know how I could possibly be more motivated to complete it.

I picked up my packet today and was excited to see my purple jersey with a big yellow “Texas” on it.  I’m ready to go!!!


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