Richard Overton – will it take you 109 years to be as much at peace as this guy?

Have you ever met a guy as much at peace with life as this guy was? Yup, I said was. He passed away last year. Last year was the end of what seems to be an incredible win streak for Mr. Overton. You sit and listen to this guy, and doesn’t he just lull you into a quiet, calm feeling? He gets asked about his secrets to life, and what does he come at us with?

Don’t use a credit card. Ride that truck into the ground. Don’t buy a new one if it’s still running. Get to church, and never stop learning while you’re there. Find a nice lady and spend lots of time with her. And don’t stress yourself out about your cigar smoking or your ice cream habit.

It seems like he knows what his community wants from him. I’ll take a stab at it and say the community wants him to be at peace with himself, and spread that feeling to somebody else. It’s like he knows not to overload us with advice. His focus is all on the delivery. Like he is telling us that we are winning if we have one day in our lives feeling at peace like he does.

He doesn’t waste time talking about what he is most proud of. He has it written on his hat. The guy is a Vietnam Vet, and if blockbuster hollywood movies have taught us anything, it is that this guy has seen some seriously intense stuff in his time. There were probably big parts of his life that he was pretty far from O. K.

If pressed, he knows he can match pretty much anyone in an interesting story battle. And yet, he knows he doesn’t have to.

Published by Tom Blaney

I help people articulate what makes their service exciting, meaningful, and valuable to their stakeholders by identifying why they want to serve, what they are most proud of, what challenges they want to take on, and how they plan on showing results. I do that by researching issues, identifying clear positions, helping them align their positions with what their customers want, and managing work flow to deliver efficiently and effectively. In the future, I'd love to help companies improve on how they communicate with their customers.

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