About the Book

These and other insights can be found in Parking Cars: Life and Lessons Learned from the Parking Lot, a no-nonsense guide to life and business.  Having grown up in the rough-and-tumble parking business in Washington, DC, author Marc Slavin speaks bluntly and honestly about what he’s learned in over 40 years of experience.  Chapters cover such subjects as:

*The importance of a simple handshake

*Life can change in a second – and what you can do about it

*Selecting good people and business opportunities and handling the inevitable mistakes

*Taking chances and listening to your gut but also listening closely to others

*And much more

In the pages of this inspiring yet practical book, you will learn what it takes to work hard, keep your word and achieve and live the American dream, both personally and professionaly.

Book Excerpt…

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something

The most important characteristic to develop is to believe in yourself first. You are totally alone in the business environment and no one really cares if you succeed. So you must believe in your capabilities each day and fly where your heart tells you to go.

When I was 16, some friends and I were surfing off Houlover Beach in Miami. As usual, I wore my favorite Seiko diving watch. The waves were really nice and we were getting great rides. All of a sudden I no longer felt my watch and panicked. The pin had evidently broken off from the band which had happened a number of times before, but not while I was in the ocean. I started diving into the surf with the waves crashing into the break. This was a joke and I figured my watch was buried somewhere in the sand and gone forever. I told my buddies that I was going home to get my brothers and our diving gear and coming back to search for my watch. They laughed and said, “Good luck with that! See you later.”

brothersI went home and picked up Brian, Keith and our diving gear and headed back to the beach within the hour. The waves were still crashing, but Brian and Keith didn’t hesitate and off we went into the surf to see what we could find. I tried to estimate my position where I had been paddling and surfing all morning based on the pier, shore and jetty. The three of us were diving in between the surfers and the waves looking for something shiny, hopefully my Seiko. Within about 15 minutes Brian jumped up out of the water and shouted, “I have it.” I couldn’t believe that he actually found it amidst the churning sand and wave action. He had spotted the watch just as the waves rolled in and uncovered it.

The moral of this story: Never, ever give up and if something breaks, make sure you get it fixed immediately.

The difference between successful people and all the others is not parents, heritage, education, IQ, religion or physical statue. The difference is simple; successful people accomplish what everyone else finds just a little bit too hard to do.