“Keep your intentions true, and your sword bright. That’s the life motto I live by,” says Scott Barrett. “You should always be ready for whatever comes your way in life.”
With the amount of twists and turns Barrett has encountered in his life, he has had to be ready for whatever life has thrown at him. In 2001, Barrett was working for a company that deals with ISO certifications for major companies. On September 11, Barrett experienced his own disaster. The company started laying off its employees. Soon enough, Barrett was without a job. This was the first curveball life had thrown at him.
“It was my own 9/11 in a way,” said Barrett. “While the country was mourning those who lost their lives in New York, I was experiencing my own disaster. However, I knew I had to persevere.”
The second curveball was thrown at Barrett in 2004. Barrett had been working at a telemarketing firm for a few years until he was unexpectedly laid off. “A lot of telemarketing firms were going under during that time or outsourcing their work. Unfortunately for me, I was laid off with a bunch of other telemarketers.”
The third curveball came Barrett’s way when he and his wife split. “It was hard for me initially, but going back to my motto, you always have to be ready for what comes your way,” said Barrett. “My ex-wife and I are on good terms and I still get to see my kids three times a month.”
Three curveballs. If they were all strikes, then Barrett would have been out. However, Barrett was still in the batter’s box. “I had to persist through the tough times. I could have hung my head and quit, but that’s not the person I am. What motivates me is, despite all I’ve gone through, I was put here for a reason. I was put on this earth to better other people’s lives. It ain’t just about me,” said Barrett.
Outside of selling StreetWise, Barrett enjoys reading books. “I like to read non-fiction. I like history and biographies in particular,” said Barrett. “I really like learning about other people’s life experiences and the failures of individuals. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from others’ failures,” said Barrett. His two favorite biographies are rocker Jack Johnson’s and President Abraham Lincoln’s.
Despite all Scott Barrett has been through, he keeps his intentions true and his sword bright. “You constantly need to be sharpening your sword, whatever your sword may be,” said Barrett. “Enhancing your skills is important in any line of work.”
“Always be true to yourself as well,” said Barrett. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. Knowing how to treat people, as I learned as a telemarketer, is an extremely important skill to have.”
Barrett’s last piece of advice to potential vendors is to make sure that you are doing honest work. “Don’t shake a cup on the street, that’s stealing. Like my grandmother always used to tell me, if you do honest work, you’ll receive honest pay.
Sam McGarvey, StreetWise Editorial Intern