Are you interested in cars or trucks and don’t know where to start? Looking for someone you can trust to help you find answers to your questions and help you get started on the right foot?
You’re in the right place.
We help gearheads evolve into their highest performing selves—whether that’s helping seasoned OGs launch automotive side hustles that let them quit their day jobs and play with cars for a living or helping fresh rookies lay foundations for lifetimes of success in the global automotive community.
Our business model is built around helping gearheads like us succeed. And we need new blood in the community. Today I’d like to share my vision for how GBXM is going to help next generation gearheads succeed.
A Quick Rewind
The simple answer is forums, research, and mentors. 700 words in, the article quickly blew up into something I’m just going to have to turn into a PDF you can download in the coming weeks; like an eBook or something.
Thinking about mentoring the next generation of gearheads really got me excited, though, so I started another article. This one was called “How to get started as a gearhead.” 1,100 words into this article, I realized I’d barely scratched the surface and—you guessed it—it’s better suited to a special download.
The Here & Now
A lot of mentoring takes place in this community. And very little of it is done formally. Wanting to publish something meaningful today—specifically for the rookies just getting started—I thought, “Why not tell them what we have planned? Why not just tell them what we’re going to do for them?”
So that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.
Our Vision for the Next Generation of Gearheads
First thing we need to do is get you plugged into the community.
But which one? (Hint: I’ve already kinda written almost 2,000 words about it this week.) There are make, model, and platform-specific communities. Others are built around where you live or how you drive it.
Some communities are owned by fellow gearheads who own the same vehicle or do the same things with them. Some are owned by corporate media networks. And, yes, some exist entirely on Facebook or LinkedIn. (We’re building a couple LinkedIn groups this year. Play your cards right and you’ll get an invite.)
Next, we’re going to give you the head’s up on how to build a rock solid reputation.
Maybe you can just join a Facebook group and ask the same “stupid no0bie question” asked yesterday and get some answers, but you’ll get much better results if you start with an end goal in mind.
No next level gearhead got where he or she is without help from the community. And the generosity of the community is a source of considerable strength—but you gotta respect it.
There’s more to this, of course, but I’ve always liked putting it this way: You are welcome to come on in and make yourself comfortable. We’ll show you around and get you a drink from the fridge. But we want to see you get that refill on your own.
After that, we’re going to show you where and how the REAL learning happens.
Hint: It’s offline. You’re going to learn a lot in the forums. And if you build a solid online reputation while building your dream machine, the right approach to offline engagement will simply blow your mind.
When my wife and I got married in Las Vegas back in 2007, there were about 30 extended family members on her side of the chapel; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the works. And there were about 30 extended family members on my side of the chapel, DSM owners, Evo owners, and rallyists.
And finally, we’re building GBXM|university.
We’re creating a next generation gearhead library of all the most common things you need to know to get started turning your own wrenches. Free of charge. And we’re going to talk some of our most trusted gearhead friends into helping us show you what you can do with that knowledge.
If 20-plus years in the community have taught us anything, it’s that we all want answers, we want them now, and we want them from experienced gearheads we can trust. I want you to trust GBXM to get you the answers you need, when you need them, from people you can trust.
I’m really excited about the future. I hope you are too.
Are you the next generation gearhead? How can GBXM help you?
Leave us a comment and let us know. Squeaky wheels get the new bearings.
PS: If you’re a next level gearhead looking to shape the future of the community, let’s talk.