MY MISSION: Use Gearbox Magazine to help gearheads build high performance machines & lives by showing them examples of gearheads like us who are living living better lives because they play with cars.
It’s easy to SAY we’re going to help gearheads build high performance machines & lives. MAKING IT HAPPEN is a little harder. One of the many things I worry about on an almost daily basis is how do I ensure the stories we’re sharing actually make a difference in the lives of our readers? I realize it’s highly unlikely every story we run here will be life-changing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try.
Believe it or not, I found something useful between the ads and self-promotion on LinkedIn. It was some hardcore, professional recruiter talking about the one big question he always asks during interviews. It’s been a couple months since I read the article, but I immediately opened Google Drive and started adapting things to our needs.
What automotive skill has made the most significant impact on your personal and/or professional life?
This is huge. My life is markedly better because I play with cars. I can look back and see multiple ways my automotive interests have helped make me a better person. I mean, when you really think about it, how different is modifying a vehicle from solving some kind of business problem? In both situations, you’re out to improve the situation. Reduce costs/breakdowns. Increase horsepower/profit.
Years ago, before Facebook, Twitter, and all that blather we love to hate (and hate to love), social media for most of us was discussion forums. Whenever we were bored, we’d sneak away to check our favorite boards. For some of us, that happened at work, and that meant a little disciplinary action now and then. Today, many of those same companies are falling all over themselves to “build community” and “drive engagement” through social media.
Think about that for a minute. Today, many of those same companies are falling all over themselves to do what you’ve been doing online for years. Now, how is spending all that time online learning and discussing various aspects of the automotive business just “playing with cars?” It isn’t. That’s why this question – and the follow ups I’ll be asking people in my interviews in the future – are so huge.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already highly skilled in research, project management, logistics, documentation, community and event organization, and more. You research repairs and modifications, coordinate parts and equipment delivery from all over the world, document your projects with build threads or blogs, and have a pretty good idea how to organize a forum or car meet. in the last few years, I’ve been able to spin these skills into more than a couple job opportunities. Jobs which haven’t sucked. Jobs which actually build on my skills and give me bigger, better ideas.
I WANT GBXM|united TO DO THE SAME FOR YOU
We all know stories of gearheads like us matter. We all know that thing we do on the weekends with the grease and bleeding and swear words is more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life. Work-life parallel trumps work-life balance. I don’t know about you, but I hate having to balance things that suck against things I love doing. It’s better to bring the two into alignment. You’ve already got the skills to do this. I want Gearbox Magazine to show you how.
Which is why I’m going to start every new interview in the future with that one, big question; what automotive skill has made the most significant impact on your personal and/or professional life? We’re going to be more focused in exploring the connections between better wrenching and better living. I hope to share stories showing how other gearheads have connected the dots so we can all find new ways to connect them ourselves.
I’m pretty excited about this. Wanted to share. The best is yet to come. Thank you for taking this journey with us.
Keep going fast with class and press on regardless.