02 Jun Better to skip to work than to skip working
Warren Buffett is wealthy. I am not. Buffett is one of the world’s most successful investors. I am not. Buffett is famous. I am not.
Buffett claims to “tap dance to work” every day. This I would love to see the 80-something financial wizard do.
I took tap dancing lessons when I was a kid. Was never any good at it. I can remember feeling silly, the chubby little boy the sailor’s suit at the dance recital.
The fat burned off between my fifth and sixth grade when I grew to pretty much my full 6’2″ height one summer — an 11 year old in an adult-sized body.
One gorgeous day after this growth spurt I remember exuberantly skipping down the street on my way to the community pool. A gang of teens started taunting me.
Their laughter and disparaging remarks came to an abrupt end as they approached and realized I was a head taller than any of them. Nonetheless their hazing forever damped my enthusiasm for skipping, much as the sailor suit ended my tap career.
I walk to work pretty much every day. Like Warren Buffett I feel like tap dancing or skipping or doing a jig most days. I love what I do. I love the people with whom I work. I love doing a small part to help local media companies remain competitive and prosperous.
People ask when I will retire. My answer is a bit like Buffett’s: When I want to skip work instead of skipping to work every day.