Leandros Milanos

I Should Have Gone Into Flooring

I Should Have Gone Into Flooring

I remember when I first moved to Florida from Greece. The culture shock was real, but it was the house hunting that made me almost lose it. Thankfully, my realtor was very patient and dedicated in finding me a home. I sensed he felt sorry for me with my deep greek accent and the obvious confusion.

There were different challenges with every house that I viewed. One day, I’d find one that was spacious but without a closet in the bedroom and the next day I’d find another with a closet had the tiniest living room. However, I knew my search had come to an end when I found a house with the most glorious floors I’d ever seen, Hardwood floors. These are not common in Greece so it was a no-brainer that I was amazed. I quickly put an offer on that house, paid and moved in. I later came to discover that the floors were done by a company called About Floors n More. This is a store that has been in business for 15 years and is widely trusted to supply and install flooring material in Florida and beyond.

On normal days, my customers simply want to be driven to work or meetings and are mostly quiet staring out the window, on their phones or laptop screens. But there are special days when I get chatterboxes who surprisingly brighten up my mornings. On this particular Wednesday morning, Renee was my first client. She had a job interview with one of the biggest interior design company in Jacksonville. She told me that she couldn’t contain her excitement over it hence was over an hour early for the interview. Being associated with About Floors n More or even being considered for a position with them is life changing.

I didn’t pay much attention to all that she was saying after she mentioned that she was vying for the expert on flooring installation position with About Floors n More. She was equally amazed when I disclosed all I knew about this reputable store and how they only hand picked the best to join their team. I had tons of questions for her but being a talkative person herself, I had to interrupt her every now and then to get my questions through.

We got to her destination but thankfully, she was still early for the interview, I humbly asked her if we could talk a little bit more about hardwood floor installation and this amazing company. She gladly accepted and that is when I opened up about having a deep interest in floors and hardwood floors in particular. I turned into a chatterbox myself which has never happened.

She had a portfolio with her full of over the top work that she’d done for her clients. To say I was in awe would be an understatement. I needed every piece of juicy detail about how they go about it. How they take ordinary floors and transform them into a paradise. Feeding me with the information was just as nourishing as a mothers’ milk is to her infant. I wanted more and more. Before we knew it, her time was up and she actually had to leave for the interview.

I’ve never felt so sad to any of my customers departure. If given the chance, we would have spent the whole day talking about hardwood floor installation. However, I have to say that that was the most inspirational morning I’ve ever had. I had no doubt in my mind that she was going to get the job. The detailed and expert information that she shared with me clearly showed just how much passionate she is about flooring. So clear that even a blind man could see. I wished her all the best of luck and assured her that the job was already hers if they could see what I saw in her.

After she had left, I long and deeply contemplated going into flooring. I have no doubt in my mind that I have a passion for it and that’s a good foundation for success. However, I know that it’s too soon. I’ll need to save up enough and go to school in order to get where I want to be in this line of business. Who knew that all this time, that my passion was rooted in America? And in floors? It definitely is something that I’m going to work on. As for now, driving my minivan in Jacksonville and meeting even more inspirational people floats my boat.

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