This week we where asked to watch a movie and connect the 4 things that we have been working on since we started MKE. The movie I watched was Door to Door based on a true story. I didn’t pick this movie it picked me, it was the only one that was available at my public library.
The story begins in the year 1955, it’s not just a story about Bill Porter who was born with cerebral palsy and wanted to be a salesman like his father. It’s a story about Desire, and what it takes. Bill Porter’s definite major purpose in life was to be a great salesman like his father. When he started out he did not have a plan of action, or a master mind alliance. Bill just wanted to be like his dad, had no idea how that was going to happen, but he did have patience and persistence and a positive mental attitude. That was embedded in him by his mother every chance she could. She instilled in him the belief , that he could do anything he wanted no matter the obstacles that presented him every day. He could not drive, nor could he tie his own shoes or his neck tie, he could not use his fingers to manipulate the buttons on his dress shirts and he walked hunched over. His mother had to do those things for him, little things we take for granted everyday. When he decided he wanted to go to work and be a salesman she didn’t discourage Bill, she just asked, are you sure, and that was that. He went to a number of agencies looking for a job and they took one look at him, prejudged him, and his speech and no matter what he said to convince them to hire him, he faced rejection. Finally one day even after he was turned down yet again, he went outside to where his mom was waiting for him in the car and gave another dejected sigh of the body, but this time he picked his head up turned back around and marched back in to the manager’s office and demand he be given the worst route that no one wants and give him a chance to prove himself. Well he was given that chance and the next day he started that route.
Bill was dropped off on his route by his mom and his day begun, met with resistance and slammed doors in his face he continued on throughout the morning. Bill took a break for lunch on the bench he came across, and took out the sandwich his mom made him and she wrote on one side patience and the other persistence and a laughter came out of him and a determination to continue on and you know what he finally got a sale. It was not a big sale he only made $12.00 but he finished his day with a sale a win and a positive mental attitude. Bill’s next day as he was picking up the items his first customer bought was meet with resistance from his boss who said he was fired, talk about losing the wind to your sails. Bill scared one of the kids when he knocked on the door the day before, his boss couldn’t have that. Bill persisted that his boss give him another chance until the end of the week and his boss did. Bill went to that kids house with puppet in hand and took the time to make the kid laugh, and the mom saw his effort and invited him into her home. Bill came to realize that listening and observing served his customers bettor and that by offering them value he would be a better salesman. Bill had a written plan of action now and he used that along with his patience, persistence and positive mental attitude and his desire to be a great salesman like his dad. Bill did not lose his job that week he forged on.
Tragedy entered Bill’s life with his mom having Alzheimer and him not being able to take care of her. She was put in to the care of some caretaker and not living with Bill any more. Bill would take the bus to a hotel and have the bus boy do his buttons and tie and shoe shiner buff and tie his shoes every morning. Every morning he tell them a joke or story and slip a buck in there pocket than off to the office to pick up his orders to deliver them to his customers. Bill is not only inducing others to serve him but he started a master mind alliance. Bill’s mom passed and Bill’s body was breaking down because he was doing his on deliveries by the way of a bus mind you. Lets not forget he has cerebral palsy, you forget that while your engaged in this movie but his body could no longer take the beating. Bill needed to add to his mastermind alliance he needed a driver. Bill now had 3 people in his mastermind alliances all with specialized knowledge. Bill found in others to help him in what he could not do for him self.
Bill had a definite major purpose in life to be a salesman, his mom instilled in him, patience, persistence and a positive mental attitude. He came up with a plan, applied his knowledge put it into practice every day with his burning desire. Bill Porter put thought with feeling and believed. He gave his time of himself to his customers who he built relationships with through the years, and they gave back to him in kind. He was living a happy, harmonious life. What ever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies. Bill thought about what he desired, practiced persistenly, applied the knowledge, and lived his life like he wasn’t born with cerebral palsy. Bill, never allowed that to be a factor in his life, never used that as a crutch for a bad day or to give up and it atrophied. Even I forgot about it as I was watching the story. He definitely lived a new sun every day. I think I will use Bill Porter as my Bear hug kettle.
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Thanks for reading Norina