When I bought my first car, I only had one thing in mind. It needed to get me from point A to point B. No need for bells and whistles, just four wheels and an engine. For $500, that’s all I got.
- It had no floorboards (When it rained, I donned a leaf bag, a.k.a. over-sized diaper, to stay dry from the road spray)
- No functional driver’s door (climbed in through passenger door…over a stick shift, ouch!)
- No mirrors
- No gas cap (stuffed a tube sock down the hole)
- No radio
- No trunk latch (yes, duct tape)
- No hubcaps
- No attached fenders (just flapped in the wind like a bird)
The heart of my car, the engine, was what really mattered. It started every single day for two years in the frigid Minnesota winters, always got me to my destination.
In leadership and in life, your heart is what is most important. Don’t try to impress family, friends and clients with bells and whistles; the world is full of that. People just want you to be trustworthy, dependable and caring. ‘Nuff said. (139 words – sans parentheses)
Added Note: A police officer pulled me over one summer day in 1985 and stated, “Um, this isn’t a car anymore.” He had it towed into Palmer’s Junkyard where it still sits. I’ll bet you $100 it would start right up today.
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