Covington High School c/o ‘92
Vanderbilt University 1992 - 1993
Louisiana State University 1994 - 1997
I had to “Check my Game” after my first real job of any duration once I graduated. I had been working for a consulting firm for about five years, they had recruited me away from the contractor I worked for at the time. After the five years with the consulting firm, they had to let me go for a number of reasons. Regardless of the reason(s), I definitely found myself evaluating my life professionally and personally.
Once I got honest with myself, I concluded that I had gotten ‘too big for my britches.’ I had begun telling myself what I wouldn’t do, rather than what I would do to get more business. That is a very self defeating perspective to have when in sales. I had lost my humility. There’s one thing about humility and that is the quickest way to gain humility, is through humiliation.
After several months of thinking I was ‘too good’ for certain positions, some humility kicked in when I was no longer able to pay my house note. All of a sudden, any job would suffice. Not only would any position suffice, I was grateful to have it.
Once I found gratitude, opportunities began to present themselves. I attribute all the positive things that have happen in my life to my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
God has blessed you so don’t forget to be grateful for those blessings. Yes, what you are doing right now is hard, but anything you do from this point forward is going to have it’s own set of challenges if you are going to be worth a darn at it.
Well Trey, where do I begin? Humility isn't an easy thing for anyone and I really do believe that being humble in life is so important. I've heard the saying either "be humble or be humbled" as eventually one of the two will happen. I think it's much easier to just be humble but as we go through life, we sometimes are hard headed. Trey, thank you so much for the humility to even share some of this. This is not easy at all. I can imagine what that was like but so glad you learned from it and became a better man for it. Jesus is my Lord and Savior as well and I also credit Him for all things that have taken place in life. He knows the plans for us and I'm thankful I've got the Creator to help guide me in life! Thanks Trey again for your words and I wanted to encourage you by saying your story is helping me right now as I read it and sure will be great for others too. It was nice playing with you for a few years and I probably didn't miss lining up against you, especially as you most likely got bigger and stronger! Thanks again Trey for your transparency. -Gary Rogers