This piece right here is about student lockouts. As you know being a student is a tough phase in your life, you are tired of school and studying and you want to try something new. Maybe start a new job or perhaps go to study in a different city or even a different country. Student life is about focusing on your future and also not getting locked out.
It is a daily occurrence that I get to meet new students almost every day, unfortunately not in the best circumstances. Most of my encounters with students are due to a bedroom lockout and the rest are car lockouts and here is what I have noticed. Anyone can get locked out and it happens for one reason and one reason only… distraction. New students get locked out lot more often than senior students, this because it takes time to adjust to changes like a new bedroom or a new city and everything is new and your head is spinning and oops. Lost your car keys or locked yourself out of the bedroom. Now you need a locksmith and you are stressing about the costs. It’s ok perfectly natural daily occurrence after all and many of my customers ask me if it happens all the time. My answer is yes!
Actually, I have a live example from today. Today I got a call and I was surprised to find out that a mother of a student was concerned about her daughter. Her daughter was unable to get into her bedroom and the mother decided to call ahead of time and schedule the appointment for service. It seemed as if it was their first time and it was in fact. She was a newly student and have moved in recently to the area, I asked if it ever happen to her and she replied saying that she got locked out twice since she had moved in. She had locked herself out before and this time she didn’t want to damage anything so her mother decided to call a professional locksmith. Last time she smashed the door, but this time she just paid a bit of money and got her bedroom open clean which turned out to be cheaper.
In conclusion change is something that we struggle to accept and while we are busy accepting it Murphy is quick to throw us a bone! No matter what you are going through there must be another person out there going through the same thing and if you happen to be one of those people who got locked out, well good luck!
Being a commercial locksmith in Waterloo is a great feeling, I personally got the chance to meet with many great business owners and property managers. While doing calls in Waterloo for the past 4 years I realized that many of the people who decide to move closer to Waterloo do it because of the city’s innovative image.
Waterloo is a city that is always on the go, which makes it hard for businesses to stand out but has large potential. Imagine opening a new business in a city like Waterloo and trying to stand out in the midst of the chaos.
Ideas keep your business alive!I made a little experiment this week to see how businesses respond to a door to door interaction. I printed close to 50 double sided letter brochures for my locksmith Waterloo service and head out for distribution.
I started in the afternoon so things are more relaxed and it was good. Since my brochure looks amazing many businesses were in fact interested in keeping it. Yet, sometimes people do not want to be bothered, so I made sure to be polite and respectful as I have learned to do throughout my locksmith career and beyond.
I was happy to finish the west part of the city, and continued towards uptown Waterloo. I went where I had most chances of business traffic and started distributing around the university area. I must say, a busy city is definitely a rude city. Everyone is busy and no one cares about my locksmith brochure, but then I thought for a second — this is the exact reason no one cares.
How do you turn a busy person into an interested person?
You create a “non-sales-speech” intro — something like “I decided to stop by and give you my brochure just in case!” I mentioned that I do 24/7 locksmith services in Waterloo and I am here to help.
So I walk in, I don’t ask if they want anything and I don’t offer anything. I am just a passing by stranger with a cool looking brochure (that my wife designed for me) who happens to be a locksmith 24/7 and happens to service the uptown Waterloo area. Now that’s how you create an interest. The more random and less predicted your body language is the more interest you can create.
Rests of the businesses in Waterloo were already looking at me differently. I walked in same way, looking around surprised and wondering who I leave my brochure to as I was just passing by. I am all shy quiet and polite but raise my voice if necessary so the waiter or the owner of that business knows the purpose of my visit. My purpose was? Drop an important brochure just in case!
Here is the truth, no one wants to hear your story, simply because we do not have time for everyone’s stories, dreams and hopes. But we can interest each other by taking a different approach and sharing. Meaning that if you show your interest in a business a business might, just might be interested in you and hopefully you will be remembered.
So next time you think that doing business in Waterloo is tough, maybe you need a few creative ideas to make it work simply because creativity keeps your business alive.
Lastly I will say that no matter who you are or where are you from. You can change the course of your business and the course of your life, only when you stop focusing only on money and start looking around for inspiration. Money is important when good is done, good business, good service, professional hands and most of all good hart. Customers can be unpredictable and sometimes you might feel that you are under attack, don’t freeze. The best cure for rudeness is smile.
My conclusion is simple — Hard work+Creativity+Timing=gets you results!
My result was that I had run out of brochures and got declined only 1 time.
I believe an idea needs time to develop and only more work plus time = will tell.
So, business in Waterloo is booming and when you need a quick commercial locksmith service in Waterloo to provide you with a friendly and professional service. You know who to look for.
Thank you and good luck in your business!
The reason I write about these thoughts is because writing helps them live, there is so much going on inside my head makes it is impossible not to sit down and write.
These days I am a 24 hour locksmith, and the reason I am mentioning it is because I go to places. I meet incredible people. I witness friendship and drama and I live to tell the story.
There are many friendships out there, there are friends who hate each other. There are friends who help each other. There are friends who watch each other suffer and do nothing about it. There are friends who think of you as a good person and there are friends who misunderstand you and shape their opinion and just don’t bother. I believe that meeting new friends is hard, because you never know how to trust a person and the only tester of friendship is time.
Change of subject.
Making friends is not the topic here, Not losing them is..and I am not talking about those friends who call once in a blue moon and offer you their Herbalife products. I am talking about those friends who you are having a relationships with. Friends that have a part in your life and you wouldn't be the same without them. Those friends who you have encountered in your past all have a play in your personality. Somewhere.
So if you ask me how I see a friend, I see a person who helped me get better. I see someone who didn’t just ditch me but perhaps understood me. I believe real friends simply understand each other or at least try to. More I believe friends stick around. No matter what happens in the past friends come back.
I do, I don’t know maybe instinct. Feels natural to me to reach out to my old lost friends and call them. Ask them about their well being and what have changed. They were friends who you have most intimate relationships with, they know your problems and they are part of your daily life. Somewhere I wish I was perhaps more open with them or a better friend maybe I wouldn’t have lost them. I am sure all of you lost friends.
The past — a soup of your memories, experiences and feelings. Or just — you.“The past is the old you, the present is the future. Focus on it.” — Eli Abbasov I can express the past in many ways — war, trauma, love, hope, hate, jealousy, judgment, escape, belief, aim, progress and achievement. What have I achieved you ask, well you are reading this aren’t you.
If — you-are feeling like an underachiever every day, you would understand me.
I was never taught to think freely and I wasn’t mentally prepared for this world. But somewhere my inability to express myself opened my ears. So I learned also to listen and the person who taught me to listen was a friend of mine from the past. One of those friends I lost.
He always used to argue with me about everything and one day I just started arguing back and shouting and shortly I realized that I am doing it all wrong.
Somewhere I just accepted him as he is and didn’t argue with him anymore, I just listened and said “Yes Simon you are right” and after a while he was more interested in my opinion and we were able to communicate. But I was too late back then he grew cold on me eventually.
The Future! — “past+present=future”“The future has your name in it, you just need to write it” — Eli AbbasovDon’t wait till last moment, save your friendships now and be more direct so friends can understand your intentions better because you save yourself miscommunication that way. I believe that we all need that mental help to boost our survival skills by having a good company. So pick your company carefully and make sure you are appreciated. I never said that I gave up on getting my old friends back, it’s just there is right time and approach for everything. Chemistry is a very powerful tools when used correctly.
Until that day, I will just be here. Listening. Waiting for a sign. Just like a good cancer does.
Funny thing is sometimes I feel like some people don’t want to be my friends because I do 24 hour locksmith. For example one of my friends who I met while living London Ontario used to tell me all the time that he can’t come and visit because he is afraid that I will get a call and I will have to ditch him. I agree. No one likes to be ditched.
Care for your friend and do not judge him, your friends can be all you got sometimes. Try to save it while you can and the first step trying to encourage your friend to overcome his weaknesses. That is your key. Simply because we all have issues the only question is who helps us through them.
I am always here for your comments and your stories. I like to read personal stories and share experiences. Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind I don’t judge.
Eli Abbasov - I write about locksmith experiences and on-site security services. My stories are simple yet they contain a lot of thought.