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Logan Black
6 days ago

How do I get started in my dream career?

I have always been a big racing fan and I've been to a few track days in various different builds, but I've always wanted a bit more ,such as being a part of a team even if im nothing more than a backup driver at first. As much as I'd like to think I could call up some big well known team an as for a job ,I'm well aware that's just a waste of their time as well as mine. Therefore I'm in a way asking if anyone here would happen to have and or know anyone that is looking or thinking about hiring someone to drive for their team, or if anyone has any advice to get started in such a little of work. Thank you for any helpful tips /offers Matthew L Black #startacareer #advice

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Ashley Wilson
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Hi Logan! I think the first thing to decide is what IS your dream career?

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Wanda Craven
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Check out Richard Petty's school of racing..it's in Asheboro, NC... Thee are several other racing schools as well look it up on line... That's where you need to start. 😉

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Mohammed Mokhtari
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Hi a im looking for a visa to work

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Linda Christian
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My dream career is setting my own schedule working part time close to home

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K. R.
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Build your dream race car and have knowledge with every single single moving part in the motor /body/ tires / physics and then drive and drive and drive some more . Persistence/ knowledge and dedication along with sweat and tears is the key to any dream

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Michael Apidaca
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Experience is key

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Todd Banard
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Hey there, I'd argue that calling on those folks ISN'T a waste of time. Here's the thing: lots of people have similar thoughts and they never follow through. Perhaps I might give you a few examples?

I am really shy. Whatever other people have which allows them to approach someone else, I simply don't have. I am not wired that way. But, you know what? Lots of people are like me....so this fantastic person I want to meet is probably at home having a meal and watching their favorite program because ppl like me assumed they had lotsa dates. I can't even begin to tell you how many times this has happened to me. When I finally got up the nerve to do something they had been dating another person, and they said "Todd, why didn't you ask...I was waiting for you.." Yep - that lovely woman is married now, and she would have married me had I asked.

I have spent 1/2 of my career working with people who receive some form of govt assistance. Many times services they needed or wanted didn't exist...so, I created them, and what I mean by that is that I wrote to to agencies or businesses that had what I needed and asked for their help...and you know what? 95% of the time I got what I wanted simply because I asked. I was pumped and thrilled, the clients got what they needed.

My mom passed away many years ago, but she did something many women did not do: she raced cars. Yep, one of the cars my mom drove was a 1971 Ford, with a 351 Cleveland, Russell Lines, racing tires, etc. That car did a sub nine second quarter mile. My mom had a roll cage and parachute installed, and when you sat in the car you were connected by a nine point restraint. Lots of men suggested she didn't belong there,,,,as if ppl get to decide what you can and cannot do. That's the best revenge - doing what ppl tell you that you cannot do.

See Logan, here's the thing: what you want isn't stupid. It's your calling. What I have noticed about myself is that I am not happy unless I am pursuing what calls to to my heart. For years I wanted to podcast, but I never did. I had a laptop and an awesome microphone. What did I have to say that would interest anybody? But ya know what, that wasn't the point - what matters is that I did that thing. It made me happy. Before COVID I took a Hip Hop dance class. I wanted to do that for 25 years, but I am REALLY self-conscious and shy. I watched ppl dance online and on YouTube. I watched the Choreographers lay out their program, and I envied those folks. I am just a middle class white guy in my late 50's. I am a city kid from Brooklyn, I have ZERO rhythm. But, you know what ? I DID IT. I DID THAT THING. People were super supportive. I felt awkward and uncomfortable, but I did it. This made my heart happy. Note to self: tell that inner voice to shut up.

If you want to race cars and you like cars, start doing stuff related to cars. I can tell you that as a kid when I hung around the pits when my mom raced I asked to do all kinds of stuff, and very often I got the grunt jobs. I am sure that some of this was because a few of those guys didn't think women belonged in a race car. I didn't care. I was helping my mom realize her dream. She raised me, she was a single mom, she made sacrifices, I could endure some bitter. Plus, I'm a kid in a grade school and I got to tell my peers that I watched my mom race and I got to help in the pits. Which kid had the better show and tell?

I would begin by drafting a letter to various racetracks, outlining your interests, talk about what you know, talk about what you would like to do, mention that you are willing to do anything, and that you can take direction. Beyond that I would start a car blog, I would volunteer to be a part of forums, I would help people with car repair, I would guest post to drag racing blogs, etc. Do anything and everything related to cars - you do this because the guys that race the cars and the folks that support them want a well-rounded car guy.

I believe the Universe always says yes. it's my job to continue to ask until I find someone who is aligned with that desire. That aint out there, that is simply a realization that it's a numbers game and that when you throw enough pasta at a wall, eventually.....something will stick.

if you want help editing your letter, send me a message and I am happy to help you. I am so glad you posted. Seeing people go after what they want feeds my soul. And remember, thinking this might be a "waste of time" is merely an idea that people might think this is a foolish goal. I don't, you don't, the thousands of fans that watch car races surely don't, and the guys like you who wanted to race were able to do so because they simply reached out to people to ask for a chance.

Be well Todd

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