That’s right, I got into a little bit of a fender bender. The video above gives more details on what happened, as I was thinking about getting ride of my 2001 Volvo in the next few months, but one snowy morning on March 1 accelerated the process. I lost control of my car as I approached a stop light and WHAM, right into the back of a Sullivan Tire truck. Don’t worry, no one was hurt in the making of the accident. The other car had Zero damage, but my poor car wasn’t doing so good. (see photo on left)
What happened next
My wife and I thought long and hard about which car to get. The frugal me wanted to get the least expensive car I could get away with, but there was another side of me that was thinking this was the opportunity to at least look at something a little different. I had a dream vehicle that I wanted since I test drove one back in 2002.
I decided to go to the dealership after doing internet research and feeling like getting this dream vehicle of mine would be a stretch. What happened next was amazing. We went into the dealership and looked at the car I wanted, I tried not to drool, and a few things happened that wouldn’t have if we just stayed at home wishing or thinking this was out of our league. First the financing was crazy low; I’m talking under 1% and they were willing to pay for the first two months of our payments. All of a sudden this dream slowly began to look more like a goal and something that was meant to be.
- Look for the opportunity in every situation: You never know when a tragedy is going to turn into an opportunity so be ready and be on the look out for it. My poor Volvo got beat-up, but it all happened at the right time and provided an opportunity that would not have been there in terms of the financing and free months of payment.
- Go for it: This really ties into my philosophy of Run the Point (take action). If we stay idle, wishing and thinking we had no business looking into the car of my dreams, then it would have remained just that, a dream. Go anyway!
Where is the opportunity for you to turn a tragedy into triumph? What’s your Story? I’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below.
If you think that story was cool, wait to you see what happens in part 2.
As always, my goal is to help you Run the Point (take action) from where you are, with what you have!