Friendship, Persistence, Negotiations, and Marriage: Bob’s Wisdom, Pt. 2

Datsun 240Z
No, this isn’t Bob’s car. I don’t know what model his car was, but this gives a nice visual. 🙂 I pulled this image from Larry Chen’s page on torcousa.com

Hey guys! Last week I had the opportunity to meet a new friend and talk with him for about an hour. If you haven’t yet read part 1, go ahead and read that one first.

As we pick up Bob’s story, he gives us a lesson in negotiation through buying a car. Continue reading “Friendship, Persistence, Negotiations, and Marriage: Bob’s Wisdom, Pt. 2”

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Self-Motivation to Keep Going?

Extreme Weight Loss, Ryan
Ryan went from 410 lbs to a healthy 193 lbs in 12 months. What motivated him to do it?

Happy 4th of July! 237 years ago the American colonies first declared their independence from British rule. On a similar note (well… the analogy’s probably quite a stretch), I’m going to share with you the story of a young man who declared his independence from a life of unhealthiness. (Told you it was a stretch.) And fair warning, this post is probably going to be a long one.

This past week I watched a show with my roommates called “Extreme Weight Loss”. This particular episode followed a young man named Ryan who had lost his arm in a tragic car accident 2 years prior to the events of the episode. Over the course of a year, Ryan went from a massive 410 lbs down to a healthy 193 lbs, but not without hitting a few snags along the way.

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Friendship, Persistence, Negotiations, and Marriage: Bob’s Wisdom, Pt. 1

Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia, where Bob’s story began

On Friday I made a new friend. His name was Bob. Bob was born and raised in communist Yugoslavia, a completely different world than the one we now live in. I want to share some of his story with you, particularly the timeless wisdom he shared with me. I hope you enjoy the gleanings of my hour with Bob as much as I did. He grew up in a small town, in the same apartment that his family had lived in since 1938 (his mother passed away in 1999, and the apartment finally left his family’s possession after 61 years.)

Continue reading “Friendship, Persistence, Negotiations, and Marriage: Bob’s Wisdom, Pt. 1”