Friday Words of Wisdom

Mind over Matter - Strong Automotive

I always look at each year like a sporting event. You have to start out smoking hot and then keep your momentum through the rest of the year. Here’s what I’m doing to stay motivated this year. I am calling them my “Super 7 Supportive Themes of 2014”.

1.  Attitude is everything.

2.  You’re only as strong as your weakest link.

3.  Don’t be afraid to fail – be afraid of not trying.

4.  You can outrun everybody with an incredible ability to focus.

5.  This is a details business and the details will crush you if you don’t pay attention.

6.  There is no speed limit during the “extra mile”.

7.  Always give people a second chance.

If you cannot tell, I believe in “Mind OVER Matter”. Happy Friday.


About the author

John Paul Strong: For someone who spends an average of 135 days outside of the office meeting with clients, John Paul Strong remains the driving force behind his Birmingham-based advertising agency, Strong Automotive Merchandising. Strong began his career as a fresh-faced account executive at Martin Advertising. Learning much, but never satisfied, he convinced his father to partner with him in reopening their own advertising agency in 2004, catering exclusively to the automotive industry. The company started strong but humble. The original roster of 10 employees and eight clients has exploded today, growing to 100 full-time employees and more than 220 automotive dealers. And it hasn’t gone without notice. Along the way, Strong Automotive Merchandising has been recognized as a perennial winner in Birmingham’s Best Places to Work contest and as a Top 20 Agency among Google’s National Ad Partners. Yet, Strong still finds time to share what he’s learned along the way. As an avid writer, he has published two books in the Next Day Traffic series, along with more than 1,000 automotive-focused blog posts. He is also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and his success has been recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2013 “Top 40 Under 40” feature and the 2017 CEO Awards. The foundation for Strong’s career began at the University of Montevallo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and advanced public speaking. Always staying ahead of the competition, Strong later went on to study in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. Amid all of his endeavors, Strong always makes time for what matters most – his family. He is a proud husband to Amy, and father to Lilly Grace, Anne Charlotte, Hudson, and Ford.