If you’re still inclined to vote for Romney, read what the largest paper in Utah has to say about him as they endorse Obama.
Put Off By 'Too Many Mitts,' 'Salt Lake Tribune' Endorses Obama by Howard Berkes October 19, 2012 9:22 PM The biggest newspaper in the state likely to give Mitt Romney his biggest margin on Election Day has endorsed Barack Obama for president. The Salt Lake Tribune's endorsement, which is titled "Too Many Mitts," praises Romney for his "singular role in rescuing Utah's organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal" and declares him Utah's "favorite adopted son." But the newspaper's editorial board says the Romney it has gushed over since his 2002 Olympic performance is not the same Romney running for president in 2012. "As the party's shape-shifting nominee," the Tribune says, "Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: 'Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?' " The endorsement praises Obama as "a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day."
In 1951 I joined New York Life Insurance Company as an agent. Life Insurance agents work as sole proprietors for commissions only. For the first time, I was without a salary, entirely dependent on my own talents for income. I had to find my own prospects, develop my own sales techniques, decide for myself how many hours I had to work each day. It was frightening. I started early and worked late, gradually improving my sales abilities, until after 3 years I started qualifying for NYLIC clubs and meeting other ambitious agents such as myself. We exchanged ideas at meetings and met the top producers in the company who were free with their ideas and experiences. Shortly thereafter a group of us formed a study group. 7 young men, all determined to grow and learn in their business. We studied insurance law, estate tax law and planning and gradually, competitively leaning on each other, we became experts in our fields.
All 7 of us were outgoing, positive thinking, knowledge hungry, success hunting young men. We did not tolerate failure, we did not tolerate negativity, we gloried in creativity and we worked hard, it was fun and exciting. We challenged each other and reinforced each other, for years and years. We ran our own offices, hired and payed for our own employees, paid our own taxes, did everything. Entirely self sufficient.
As I mentioned before, I’m intrigued by WHY some people re-invent themselves in their eighties, or continue doing something they’re excited about, long after most people have retired. Why do these people continue to be driven to exceed at something? What is the difference between them and others? Is it in there genetic makeup? Are they molded by their experiences? Is it influenced by their family or friends? Does it run in families? Could it have been influenced by their occupation? Or maybe by their work surroundings?
In my case, I think it was a combination of things. In high school I was semi-popular, but certainly not an achiever either in the classroom or in sports. I was never particularly ambitious in any direction, in College I followed the course of least resistance. Eventually I was drafted by New York Life Insurance Company and embarked on a career as an agent. I think that’s where my thinking started changing for a number of reasons. I was introduced into a competitive society. More later.
Last week I wrote that I was starting a blog about Octogenarians that have re-invented themselves in their eighties and asked for recommendations from anyone about people I might interview. So far I have 2 prospects but have not yet interviewed anyone.
From talking to several I’ve noticed something’s in common. They are all noticeably positive people. They pretty much see the bright side of everything. Not Pollyanna’s, they are practical, but positive. To the point where they try to surround themselves with positive people and avoid negative people. Perhaps not consciously, but it’s there.
I can use more referrals for interviews if you have any ideas of people that have started a new life of some sort or another after retirement. I’m particularly interested in what they think about why they are what they are. What made them so productive late in life??
In my case, I think I have some clues which I’ll share with you next week when I interview myself.
Last week I spoke to a large businessmen's group in El Cerrito. One of the questions i asked was: How many of you expect to live to my age of 86. Everyone's hands went up. Next I asked for a show of hands on how many had any thoughts about what they might be*doing *at age 86. Only a few raised their hands. Later several came up to me and asked me what happened at my age 82, that started my creative juices running. It started me thinking. Why did I start a new career at 82? Was I different than others? Were there others doing the same as I? What in our pasts made us do what we're doing,and could lessons be learned from a study in that direction.
I decided I would start researching the subject and at the same time find examples of those creative people and include them in my findings, which I'll start publishing as a blog on my website, Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in. This is the first Blog.
Richard L. Wren
IN HIS NEW CAREER AS AN AUTHOR, RICHARD DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS TALL, DARK, HANDSOME AND A LIAR. A FOURTH GENERATION CALIFORNIAN, A SAILOR, FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SUPPORTIVE DAUGHTERS, AND HUSBAND TO ONE OF THE BEST WIVES OF ALL TIME. [MORE]