Sunday, January 6, 2008

A life changing telephone call

Every fall in Phoenix most high end commercial properties have their landscape vendors scalp out the warm season burmuda grass and overseed with cool season perenial ryegrass. It is the most labor intensive project we do in the desert seasons. I was at Black Canyon Commerce center, supervising the first seed drop of the season when my phone rang. It was Eric, my Regional Safety Manager. (Each branch has a BSO but there is an RSM who oversees safety at multiple branches). Eric and I had a great relationship and I always looked forward to his visits and field audits. When I got into this business, I had no idea positions like RSM existed. Shortly after meeting Eric, I had told him to keep me in mind if he ever decided to leave or promote.
It was the last week of September 28 when he uttered the words that would change my life. "Would you be interested in interviewing for a Regional Safety Manager position?" Of course my natural response was, "Where's the region?"

"South Florida and the Bahamas," he said.

The first thought to enter my head was, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."

I had to call my wife.

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