When my father would say I was an alcoholic, my mother would say I had a “good constitution.”
When my father would say I was “all balls and no brains”, my mother would say I had “gumption.”
I will always have a special place in my heart for her. With ten children, she was living vicariously through me.
She lived through all my hair-brained schemes and tacitly encouraged me to take huge risks.
And I always obliged.
I was always up to something. Every time I flopped, I would turn it into a funny story. Sometimes I was the only one laughing.
At 25, after learning to make a G chord on the guitar, I asked “Who wants to be in a band?” Talk about high hopes.
I often walked on stages totally unprepared and bombed unmercifully. I always shook it off.
I was always providing entertainment to my family and friends.
My brother says the saddest day in his life was the day I stopped drinking.
Having gumption, or the courage of my convictions, has taken me places I never would have dreamed if I had been the least bit rational.
I fronted bands, ran big kitchens, had my own business and even sold radiopharmaceuticals with nothing but a G.E.D.
When I was in sales, I bought a cheap camera and started shooting marketing videos for Cardiolite with my more than willing customers. The home office didn’t know how to respond.
I ended up inventing my own in-house position. Nobody did that.
It took a lot of gumption to walk away from that cushy job in Billerica and start my own business. I left a lot of money on the table but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I went out the back door and came in the front as a high dollar consultant. Needless to say, I was a hot topic at financial meetings.
After getting detoxed from drugs and alcohol in 2016, I wasn’t satisfied with just being sober. No, I had to become a bodybuilding track start with a fitness certification.
I run Enlightened Rogue Fitness, have a YouTube channel, write a blog and run five miles every night.
Anything worth doing, is worth over doing.
You can be anything you want to be in this crazy world, but it takes a little gumption. 🙂