The World… is Oblivious:
The more I’m out and about… the more surprised I am how some people can even make it through one day on earth.
For example, last week, I was out driving around down here in Tampa Bay area north of where I live. The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was a perfect day to hit the road with your windows turned down and the radio turned up.
While I was out, the following 3 events all occurred within 20 minutes of each other:
1. I’m driving down a main road in town. The speed limit is 50 and I was doing 50 in the right lane. Since it was the middle of the day, the road was empty besides me and maybe one or two cars within a tenth of a mile away from me.
Suddenly, a school bus packed with kids, literally just pulls out into the road as if I wasn’t even there. I was mortified how wreckless the driver was and how much danger she put those kids in.
And the thing is, she actually stopped and looked at me and pulled out anyway.
You wonder where her mind was when she did this, right? Because it certainly wasn’t on her driving, on the kids, or on the road. She was off in la-la land, somewhere far, far away…
2. A few minutes later, I’m on the highway in the right lane, cruising at 70mph.
A guy is passing me on the left, and I turn around to look at him, and I swear… he’s sitting there behind the wheel…
Texting away as if his life depended on it!
His mind was far far away from that highway. I mean, if I’d suddenly decided to jump in front of him and cut him off… he was screwed.
And he wasn’t just ‘texting with one eye,’ either. He was having a full blown conversation by text, getting all emotional about things while cruising down the road at 75 mph.
Scary, isn’t it?
3. Lastly, a few minutes later, it’s me who’s in the left-hand lane.
On my right, up ahead of me, are 3 women are in a BMW, chatting away.
Suddenly, out of nowhere… they are in front of me, with no warning.
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No signal, no slowly shifting lanes. Just “Boom” abrupt shift to the left and they are 5 yards in front of me and I’m doing 75 mph myself.
Thankfully, I wasn’t texting, drinking a beer, or thinking about the stock market’s ups and downs, or anything else. So I just hit the brakes, glanced over to my right to make sure no one was coming up on me… and then I slid over to the right lane and counted my blessings on that one.
You really have to wonder what – if anything at all, is really going through people’s minds. It seems like lots of folks out there are running around out there on auto pilot.
And while “auto-pilot” may be fine when you’re flying a jet plane with sophisticated controls built specifically for this situation… it’s pretty damn dangerous when it comes to running your life like this.
Have you had any auto-pilot sightings of your own?
If so, let me know about them below in the comments section.
Have a great week.
Now go sell something, Craig Garber
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