I’m about to go out on a limb here and share something REALLY personal.
Something I’ve NEVER talked about in public before.
The DUI I got back in 1997.
As soon as I said DUI, you probably thought to yourself, “DUI?… not Kevin. He’s not the kind of guy who gets a DUI”.
And you’re right.
I’m not the kind of guy who gets a DUI… but I did!
And it was the most humiliating, embarrassing, shameful and degrading moment of my life.
I’d been over visiting with my brother on a hot July Saturday in 1997.
I owned the carpet cleaning business at the time, and I’d been working that day.
I finished work about 2 in the afternoon and headed over to my brothers place.
He was doing some work on his Jeep, getting it ready to go 4-wheeling the next day.
I decided to give him a hand, and as we worked on his Jeep, we had a few beers.
I stayed at Kyle’s house until a little after seven that evening before heading home.
On the way home, I approached a 4-way intersection, and as I made a left turn at the intersection, I saw a police car on my right, and didn’t even give it a second thought.
Shortly after I left the intersection, I notice these flashing red and blue lights in my rear view mirror.
I pulled over, and as the officer approached my window, the first questions he asks is, “How much have you had to drink today”.
I tell him that I’d drank 5 16oz. beers, and he immediately asks me to get out of the vehicle so I could do a field sobriety test.
Until that moment, I hadn’t even considered the fact that I’d done anything illegal, after all, I felt just fine.
Long story short, I got pulled over for failing to use my turn signal.
I was arrested for DUI, taken to the police station, did the breathalyzer and all the other stuff, and throughout the whole process I felt like a criminal.
Like I mentioned earlier it was the most humiliating, embarrassing, shameful and degrading moment of my entire life.
And little did I know at the time, how drastically my life was about to change.
I spent the next 2 years dealing with the choice I’d made that evening, and it cost me over $12,000.00 when everything was said and done.
My close family and friends all know about my DUI, but this is the very first time I’ve EVER talked about it in public.
At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Why in the heck is Kevin telling me about this? It has absolutely nothing to do with business or marketing”.
And you’re right. It doesn’t.
At least not on the surface.
What I’m doing is hosting a little experiment.
You were so kind after my last post, that I decided to take this experiment one step further.
Now I’d like to hear from you again.
I just went out on a limb and shared an incredibly personal experience with you.
One that I’ve never shared before.
I’d like to hear what your comments are at this point. I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.
Knowing what you already knew about me, and now being introduced to this new information, what do you think now?
Has anything changed?
Is your opinion of me different than it was before?
Go ahead and post your comments below.
As I look into my crystal ball, here is what I predict…
Sure, there might be a few people who are offended, and will opt out of my mailing list so they never have to hear from me again.
But the overwhelming majority of you will appreciate the fact that I was willing to talk so openly about an embarrassing situation.
Yes, I made a HUGE mistake, that’s for sure.
But being able to talk about it while being completely candid, vulnerable and honest about the whole experience actually endears people to you.
It’s a trait I’ve always had, and while I took it to an extreme in this situation, I believe the comments that follow will show you how important it really is to be completely transparent with those who count on you.
And by the way, this applies to both your business and your personal life.
Dedicated to your success,
“The Automatic Income Coach”