RR 417: Rob Rowsell – Achieving Success on a Curved Road

Rob Rowsell, shop owner, owner of Family Auto Service a four shop group in the La Mesa, CA area. Author of the book ‘Addicted To Life’, How I Went from Homeless to Extraordinary Success and Happiness in a Short Period of Time. Find a link to Rob’s book on the book page on the website HEREListen to Rob’s previous episodes HERE.

Listen to Rob in the Town Hall Academy (102) ‘Second Chance – Working with and Supporting Addiction’ HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • “Addicted to Life: How I went from homeless to extraordinary  success and happiness in a short period of time” by Rob Rowsell
    • RobRowsell.com
    • Relatable book for everyone- shop owners and managers
    • Readers are leaders- start by reading a few chapters every couple days
    • Addiction can be other than drugs and alcohol, can be food and cigarettes etc
    • “You can’t coast uphill” – either getting better or getting worse, cannot coast success
    • Small successes can slow momentum- for example: losing weight is a success but maintaining weight is long term lifestyle. Can’t get complacent after your small success
    • Get outside of your comfort zone or you aren’t growing and learning
    • Success is a curved road- can only see so far until you get to a curve   
  • 8 Building blocks in “Addicted to Life”
    • 1) Be done- announce to yourself and the rest of the world
    • 2) Get uncomfortable and take action
    • 3) Create the wave of momentum
    • 4) Prepare now for what’s coming- growth
    • 5) Must be open to the unexpected
    • 6) You won’t always feel like you are winning
    • 7) Must understand the law of exposure- you are what you’re surroundings are
    • 8) You won’t do it alone- success is a team sport
  • Working in the automotive industry
    • Had previous service advisor background
    • Was 45 days clean, applied to “work a day” job- filled out application honestly
    • Referred to an auto repair shop- hired and the owner became the mentor   
    • An acquaintance of father was brainstorming about needing someone to take over repair shop
    • Timing will never be perfect for the opportunity
  • Has 4 shops
    • 3 shops make 2 mils each annually
    • 4th shop just opened in September  

 

Resources:

  • Thanks to Rob Rowsell for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
  • Rob’s book on the book page on the website HERE.
  • Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers.
  • Leave me an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one of them.

 

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.