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RR 417: Rob Rowsell – Achieving Success on a Curved Road
26th March 2019 • Remarkable Results Radio Podcast • Carm Capriotto, AAP
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Rob Rowsell, shop owner, owner of Family Auto Service a four shop group in the La Mesa, CA area. Author of the book ‘Addicted To Life’, How I Went from Homeless to Extraordinary Success and Happiness in a Short Period of Time. Find a link to Rob’s book on the book page on the website HEREListen to Rob’s previous episodes HERE.

Listen to Rob in the Town Hall Academy (102) ‘Second Chance – Working with and Supporting Addiction’ HERE.

Key Talking Points:
  • “Addicted to Life: How I went from homeless to extraordinary success and happiness in a short period of time” by Rob Rowsell
  • Relatable book for everyone- shop owners and managers
  • Readers are leaders- start by reading a few chapters every couple days
  • Addiction can be other than drugs and alcohol, can be food and cigarettes etc
  • “You can’t coast uphill” – either getting better or getting worse, cannot coast success
  • Small successes can slow momentum- for example: losing weight is a success but maintaining weight is long term lifestyle. Can’t get complacent after your small success
  • Get outside of your comfort zone or you aren’t growing and learning
  • Success is a curved road- can only see so far until you get to a curve  
  • 8 Building blocks in “Addicted to Life”1) Be done- announce to yourself and the rest of the world
  • 2) Get uncomfortable and take action
  • 3) Create the wave of momentum
  • 4) Prepare now for what’s coming- growth
  • 5) Must be open to the unexpected
  • 6) You won’t always feel like you are winning
  • 7) Must understand the law of exposure- you are what you’re surroundings are
  • 8) You won’t do it alone- success is a team sport
  • Working in the automotive industry Had previous service advisor background
  • Was 45 days clean, applied to “work a day” job- filled out application honestly
  • Referred to an auto repair shop- hired and the owner became the mentor  
  • An acquaintance of father was brainstorming about needing someone to take over repair shop
  • Timing will never be perfect for the opportunity
  • Has 4 shops3 shops make 2 mils each annually
  • 4th shop just opened in September 



  • Thanks to Rob Rowsell for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
  • Rob’s book on the book page on the website HERE.
  • Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers.
  • Leave me an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one of them.


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