September 19 - 2011
What is success? This is a good reminder.
A cabbie, Allen, just dropped me off in my driveway. He was bringing me home from the Albany Airport after doing some teaching in Chicago; we had a conversation worth sharing. I share with his permission.
Allen’s been a cabbie for 10 years. At 65, most everyone in his life thinks him a fool for having left a “good teaching job to be a lowly cabbie”. His wife thinks he’s lazy, his kids are embarrassed by his profession and there are no shortage of people who sit in his car and interrogate him about what he was thinking—and continues to choose.
We all have people in our lives and/or thoughts in our heads that would convince us that no matter what we do or how much we want something, we’re fools or are wrong (for one reason or another) for trying to live the dream. Others’ solutions are too often ones that make someone else happy and leave us feeling violated, gutted and hopeless.
Notwithstanding all of the nonsense he has to endure, Allen smiled for the entire 20-minute ride as he spoke of his adventures (longest fares, craziest people and situations), the cities he’s seen, the generous people he’s served and the freedom he feels while he drives his beloved van.
Punctuating his story, he was quick to assume that I had more money than he does but was just as quick to smile and assert that few people are as happy as he is.
“Do you understand?” he asked. I assured him that I did. I told him what I do and that the truth is, The Uncompromised don’t require money, status, the “right” class of friends, the big house or even the newest cab to successfully live their Uncompromised life. What they need is a hunger for self-knowledge, a willingness to actually live what they know and follow through (Enthusiasm, Courage, Endurance, Integrity).
The Uncompromised Allen? Hmmmmmm… At least in his profession! How about you?
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Ron's bottom line bio about himself:
Professional: Pro Coach, Author and Pro Speaker --teaching the wisdom of The Uncompromised from executive boardrooms to county recovery shelters.
Personal: Husband, Father, Athlete, Avid Reader (and student of history) and big fan good conversation on topics ranging from theology to economics and from virtue to the history of war.