Have you ever been excited to walk right up to a complete strangers door?
I know it sounds odd and believe me it is but I get to do just that every day. I drive from one house to another meeting strangers and learning about how they live, where they have been, how their family is doing, and all sorts of other things.
Many door-to-door sells representatives used to do the same thing. Though that is mostly in the past, working in strangers homes just like yours still happens very often.
I work in a service industry. Since everyone needs help at their house from time to time. You can probably think of a few jobs that this would include like plumbers, electricians, interior decorators, cleaners, and so on.
Everyday I wake up and after I think about how wonderful my spouse is, I think about who I’m going to get to meet today. Let me share with you why.
What got me talking to strangers?
I started cleaning carpet in Spring of 2012. As the business picked up and I was actually doing work in people’s homes I realized that meeting strangers was kind of cool.
People call me or go online and get an appointment scheduled. I don’t know them and they don’t know me other than what’s on my bio page (or home page). I still show up knocking on the door and it begins. I introduce myself, they introduce themselves and the both of us usually go back and fourth asking and answering questions. Though most of the conversation is about what work I’m going to be doing, many times we get off subject.
I have actually made friends with a few of my clients. Now they aren’t strangers so I go visit them now and again.
What I Learned from Visiting Strangers
Being in so many client’s homes has forced me to grow beyond what I was comfortable with. It has made me more personable, a better communicator, and taught me a lot about what I thought I knew about people.
For a while I was uneasy in other people’s homes but as I got more experienced I became more confident and knowledgeable. Now I’m to the point that my comfort, joy, and confidence influences most. That means I’m making people comfortable and making every experience a positive one for both parties. Click here to learn more about Daniel.
I have met people from all over the world and different walks of life. Much like my experiences in the military, it has reinforced what most of us are told at a young age, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I’ve met people that live quite extraordinary lives, though I never would have known had we not discussed it.
If you get the chance to run into a person who is willing to open up and talk with you, give it a go. It will usually take away tension, give you a chance to build new relationships, and give you something to do while you’re out playing Pokemon Go.