I am from New York … Brooklyn to be exact and I now live in Atlanta. Like most of us from the city of New York, driving can be a hassle, and with the amount of public transportation, obtaining a car is optional, but that was not the case when I moved to Georgia. Let me say that Atlanta does have public transportation, but if you’ll be traveling to the outskirts of Atlanta, you need a car. So, there I was, fresh out of New York into another state with no car and no money to get one. So, I decided to work for a car dealership to familiarize myself with vehicles, and what it takes to maintain one as far as maintenance, cost, insurance … you get where I’m going. Plus, I knew that if I worked for the dealership, I would get a deal on my vehicle. It was a win-win.
Now, I left out a very important detail in this story and that’s the fact that I didn’t even know how to drive my dear reader. Yes! I was twenty-nine years old, just received my driver’s license and now, it was time for a car, but didn’t have much experience behind the wheel! This is a blog and not my memoir, so I will not go into detail as to what it was like obtaining my driver’s license… next time. I found the car of my dreams and I was able to purchase it, one of the happiest days of my life - until it became time to hit the highway.
If you don’t know what it’s like driving on Highway 285, just watch NASCAR. I was terrified, I would grip the wheel so hard, that I began to get calluses. However, I was determined to get better, I had no choice. I would constantly pray to God to make me better and to protect me while I’m on the road (still do). I called my dad one day after having a breakdown (due to an incident that I will also save for another time), and asked him, “How do I become a better driver?” My dad said to me “The key is repetition. The more you do something, the better you’ll be at it.” I heard this same thing at Invest Vest of 2023. I continued driving despite fear and now, you can’t pull me away - I love driving and have become quite good at it.
When I heard the speaker give the advice my dad gave me, it was confirmation of what I know to be true, because life has proven it to be. Learning how to drive is just one example. Whatever you want to achieve, just keep at it … in the words of my dad, repetition is key.