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The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me

by on Feb 21st, 2009

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Those who know me well are keenly aware of the fact that I am highly analytical, and, while I have a fiery personality, I am not terribly good at the mushy emotional stuff.  Honestly, I could use a lot more work on both giving and taking complements and telling people how much I appreciate what they do.  Because I am also all for personal development, today I wanted to talk about something that has forever changed my view of the world.

First, a little bit of background is necessary.  I have an incredible family.  Great parents, a smooth brother, great cousins, aunts and uncles.  I also have been lucky enough to develop relationships with many of the greatest people in the world over the years.  If I ever needed anything, there is little doubt that one (and most likely all) would jump to their feet to help me out.  I know if any of them needed anything, I’d be on my feet, in a car, boat, plane, or train before they finished telling me they needed me.  But I have an uncle, who owns a scrap metal yard in Iowa City (one of the many places I call home), that I have had the pleasure of exploring since I can remember.  I have had some of my best memories at that place, which makes it seem weird when I think about how apprehensive I was to work there.  I sort of snubbed the idea because, sadly, I probably thought I was too damned smart to be working with scrap metal.  I mean, why would I work next to someone who didn’t even graduate high school?  Furthermore, why would I want to waste my energy for running by tossing scrap around?    Anyway, last summer, I decided “what the hell?” and started working.

What did I learn?  Well, I learned that there is something incredibly fulfilling about getting up early and getting to work.  I learned that manual labor is underrated.  I also learned that those people who I once thought to be lacking intelligence know how to do their jobs well.  That’s what impressed me the most.  These guys have essentially dedicated their lives to the scrap business and have learned more about metal than almost anyone else in the world.  That’s what I strive to do everyday when I sit down with a book or my flash cards.  I want to do the work necessary to be the best in the world at what I do.

Perhaps the greatest impact, however, was the fact that I was trusted to do things right and do them well.  I didn’t have a boss over my shoulder telling me I’m doing things wrong.  I didn’t have to “work my way up” to driving the heavy equipment.  No, I was trusted to do it well.  That lesson alone made every cut, scrape, and every aching bone at day’s end worth it.  It taught me that if you want some one’s trust, then you have to first trust in them.  I can’t wait to go back and do it again.

There is more connection here to running than meets the eye.  Think about it.


Carson Boddicker

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