Here is a little daily inspiration for you.

Teamwork…one word that will define success in any company or athletic group. But if you had to pick the ultimate team, how could you not pick the world-renowned flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels?

Today, you’re about to enjoy a 3 minute inspirational movie about the Blue Angels that truly captures the essence of The Power of Teamwork.

So turn up the speakers, sit back and enjoy! And just one more thing – don’t forget to PAY IT FORWARD by sharing it with friends, co-workers and especially…your team.





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A Little Excitement At the Home Office

BUILDING 4This past Thursday a customer at our home office had an issue with his breaks as he was pulling into the parking lot. He jumped the sidewalk, hit the brick, and went through the glass beside Luke’s office. Luckily Luke was out of his office and no one was hurt. Have a great Monday!


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Productive people are happy people

Twelve facts that relate to happiness-


1.            Happy people live an average of 9 years longer than unhappy people

2.            Happy people earn an average of $25,000 more per year than unhappy people

3.            Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel better. Even “faking” a smile can lead to feeling happier.

4.            If you fake laugh long enough you’ll start to really laugh, really, really hard.

5.            Despite high infant mortality rates and lower life expectancies, not one of your direct ancestors died childless.

6.            For someone, somewhere in the world, today is the most amazing day of their life.

7.            We now have less crime, a lower death rate and longer life expectancy than at any other time in human history.

8.            It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

9.            Neurologically speaking, seeing somebody else smile actually makes you happier.

10.          Happiness has a fragrance.

                Clinical experiments on body odor have proved your scent changes between when you are stressed or happy

11.          A mere 20 minutes of exercise, three days each week will increase your happiness by 10 to 20 percent after six months.

12.          Happiness is a skill. You can learn it and it’s not hard.


Have a happy and productive day! -WILL




Have a happy and productive day! -WILL

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Great Example of World Class Customer Service

I recently had the great opportunity to spend several days at our Starkville Money Matters location.   While I was there, I noticed that Julie and Mattie were sending out birthday cards to our customers.  I was curious as to whether this was something that the company required, or whether it was just something they were doing on their own. As it turns out, it was something that they were doing to let our customers know that they were being remembered on their birthday.  I was very impressed by this.  They were literally going beyond the required and going the extra mile to make our customers feel special. While it may seem like such a small simple act, it is a shining example of world class customer service.  If we can make a connection with our customers, they will not only continue to do business with us, they will recommend us to their family and friends.  What a great way to advertise and grow our business!  Let us all challenge ourselves each day to go that extra mile and shine brighter than the day before.


Hope everyone has an awesome Wednesday!



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Big turnout

This past Saturday marked our 120th Auction. We had a near record crowd with over 400 registered bidders.  I would like to give a big “thank you” to all of the auction workers.  Teamwork is very crucial in ensuring all runs well on auction day.  The guys and gals on the hill consistently prove that they are a dynamic team!  Thanks again for making each auction a success.


“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. “~ Henry Ford



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Suc-cess – \sək-ses’\ noun

1.The achievement of something desired,

planned, or attempted.

2. Favorable or desired outcome.


What is the definition of success? The dictionary states it is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.

We all want to be successful, but it takes more than just words. Each day you must set yourself up to be successful. Each day you must have a plan and a goal and work to execute that plan. Success does not come without hard work. With the many distractions we all have in our lives, our plans and goals at times get pushed aside. The key is to be able to refocus on those plans and goals you have set for yourself.

 Can you see success?

Are we too busy to notice?

Does anyone really care?

Does it even matter?

Ask yourself these questions. If you model the correct behavior you will get the correct results.

Success Builds Success:

Everyday look for Success

Recognize Success

Help others to be Successful

I challenge myself everyday to look for success no matter how large or small. I challenge each of you to do the same. Success is contagious, catch it.


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Great Job Amanda and Alise

This past Friday afternoon I noticed Amanda and Alise standing over their desk writing something down. When I walked past them I noticed they were writing Tiffany, the new employee at Fulton, a welcome note. I thought to myself, what a great way to be welcomed on your first day at work. Not only did they write her a note, Amanda and Alise stocked Tiffany’s desk with supplies and had a little happy waiting for her. They were making sure Tiffany’s first day would be great and she would feel welcomed! Awesome job on going above and beyond!

Welcome aboard Tiffany. We hope your first day is great!

“Doing what’s expected of you can make you good, but it’s the time you spend going above and beyond what’s required that makes you great!” — Josh S. Hinds

Have a great Monday!


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Exciting To See People Excited

Today I would like to brag on the employees of Approved Auto in Fulton.

February and March are the two biggest months for buy here pay here car dealerships because many Americans use a portion of their tax refunds as a down payment for a new means of transportation.  Also, many customers use their tax money to get caught up on their current car payments that they have fallen behind on over the course of the previous year.  So, the staff at Approved have been anxiously awaiting the day when the tax money would start showing up.

Yesterday afternoon while in my office in a meeting my phone kept vibrating and beeping.  Not wanting to be rude to the person I was meeting with I tried my best to not be distracted by the text message the noise represented.  However, after about three alerts I grabbed my phone to see who kept messaging me.  It was Laken at the car lot.  “The tax money is here.  We just had an H&R Block check come in.”

Not long after that I had to run over to Simple Pawn which is located within the same building as Approved Auto Sales.  Seeing me pull up, our collector at Approved, Amy came straight from her office at a brisk pace to excitedly let me know that they were seeing tax money.  You could tell she was excited about what that meant for her job.  She had been working with customers for weeks now trying to get them current on their accounts and many had plans of using their tax money to become current.

The excitement that the ladies at Approved have for their work is a huge part of what makes them successful.  This excitement is contagious and spreads not only to co-workers but to customers as well.


Hope everyone has an exciting Friday….Luke





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We all remember the stress we deal with when we begin a new job. Onboarding, also known as organizational socialization, refers to how a company brings along new employees. From the moment our new employees walk through our doors they will be evaluating our company and formulating their opinions.  Research has demonstrated that positive onboarding leads to positive outcomes for new employees such as higher job satisfaction, better job performance, greater organizational commitment, reduction in stress and intent to quit. Let’s all work hard to make a good first impression with our new employees by welcoming them to the team. – Will

 “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford


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Great Job!

One of the most common blog topics centers around the importance of having goals.  Today I want to recognize a group of guys who accomplished their goals for the month of January.  Randy, Joe, Andrew, and Zack at M&M Garage are responsible for processing new inventory and taking care of the warranty work for Approved Auto.  They were able to accomplished their goal last month of the number of cars processed through the shop.  As with any worthy goal, the guys were not able to achieve it without a little adversity.  We experienced abnormally cold weather in the month of January which led to an increase in the number of warranty issues they were having to turn their attention to.  By being able to take care of these issues as well as keep the inventory full on our lots we are able to use our capital to replace inventory instead of paying outside mechanics to work on our warranty issues.  Congrats on a very successful month!

Aim high!  It is no harder on your gun to shoot the feathers off an eagle than to shoot the fur off a skunk.  -Troy Moore

Have a Great Day….Louis

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