Editor’s Note: On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Regional Sales Director Brad Owens recalls his memories of that fateful day and the career change that occurred that helped him conquer the common fear shared by many after the attacks.
I remember 9/11/ 2001 like it was yesterday. I remember walking out of my morning sales meeting at the dealership where I worked. Our meeting room was just off the service department’s customer lounge. The television was always on the morning news. We walked out just after the first plane hit and watched the second plane hit live. I’m sure my sense of comprehension was no different from my co-workers and others around the world. I couldn’t quite understand the visuals on the screen. My colleagues and I spent moments in silence with the occasional gasp here and there — trying to understand whom, how, and why someone would want to do such a thing. Who would hurt so many people and forever change the course of so many lives?
Bursting the Bubble
Before 9/11, I had not traveled much. My hometown was my bubble; I thought I would be there for the rest of my life. But after 9/11, some THING had woken up inside me. I had the strong urge to see as much of the U.S. and the world as I could. I started looking to make a change in my life and found ELEAD1ONE. I took a pay cut with the promise of opportunity — that chance to see the U.S. and most of all, ELEAD1ONE allowed me to push myself beyond everything I had known, in the small bubble I had known up until that point in my life.