Miscellaneous Ramblings of An Old Man – Part Five

Last month I turned 74. My old friend Fred Foster called to wish me a Happy Birthday. Fred has known me for a very long time. He happen to mentioned that considering all the things I have done in my life to not turn 74 that it should be considered a milestone. Fred’s comment made me think of one of my favorite Facebook Posts

Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy Shit, what a ride!”

With that in mind – These are the Miscellaneous Ramblings of An Old Man

Many of my friends have been nice enough to point out how old I am – in fact I’m so old that

My investment in health insurance was finally beginning to pay off – and then came Obama Care.

I can remember when no one argued – debated – or even discussed if they should recite the Pledge of Alliance – it was what you did

I remember when Executive Protection meant protecting executives – WOW

According to some I have gone from sarcastic to cantankerous – is that an improvement?

My supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

That some FEPE’s (Facebook EP Experts) say I’m done – they comment that all I do is talk about history – maybe true – but when you are old you tend to do that – BUT its mind over matter – I don’t mind because they don’t matter

I had to go for a stress test -it was terrible – they made read one of the Facebook bodyguard pages.

More Rambling

Instead of making a better planet for our children – How about we make better children for our planet

If you think that as you get older there is nothing left to learn the hard way -you are wrong.

I’m old and Social Media still baffles me BUT what this old man does know is that you can’t create something from nothing – business or personal – no matter how many times you blog – post -if you use the “Hey you buy my stuff” method of marketing it won’t work

There is a lot of talk about changing the industry – moving forward – etc. IMHO I am all for change if the change is for the better and there is a vision of what those changes will be and a plan for executing that vision. Thomas Edison said it best “Vision without execution is hallucination”

Instead of buying the next issue of Gun’s Bullets Bombs and Broads – If you have not already done so – Read Gavin de Becker’s book “The Gift of Fear” – and “The Tipping Point” By Malcolm Gladwell

“People don’t buy what you do – They buy why you do it” – a quote from Simon Sinek – his web site http://www.startwithwhy.com/

Some great Facebook Posts

            Teach a man to fish and he will eat for life – give him someone else’s fish and he will vote for you

            Stop Making Stupid People Famous

            Talent is God Given – Be Humble

            Fame is Man Given – Be Grateful

            Conceit is Self-Given – Be Careful

 The older you get the less you have to explain – I think it’s a law

The world needs to be saved from people who don’t do whatever they do on purpose

It would be great if those who make the laws concerning health care actually had to abide to them.

For your review Miscellaneous Ramblings Parts One Thru Four





Comments on Miscellaneous Ramblings of An Old Man – Part Five

  1. Michael Wargo says:

    As usual, Tony, your “ramblings” are right on target. All I can say is wisdom often comes with the years. Belated Happy Birthday and hopes for many more. Michael Wargo

  2. Derrick L. Benson says:

    I was too young to understand my grandparents “ramblings”, but as you get older it makes since. Now in the digital age your “ramblings”, will be here for our kids, and their kids, and as long as your advice and teachings are sound.

    Well, you will be “rambling” for a long time, sir.

  3. Bob Reyes says:

    Great stuff Tony! Keep dishing out the wisdom, you have earned the right! Belated Happy Birthday…only 74 years young? You still have a lot of years ahead of you….God Bless!

    Bob Reyes
    ‘Keep IT Moving’

  4. Fernando Barcenas says:

    Rambling or – ( A wise man once said.) Happy Belated Birthday Tony.

    Thank you so much,

  5. Rex Sagle says:

    Well if this is somewhat of a repeat I am sorry.
    I started following Tony Scotti in the late sixties when I read that he was giving a seminar, at Riverside International Raceway, I wondered then, who is Tony Scotti, What makes him a expert, ow much does he know. So I started following him the best I could, by talking to people who had taken his classes, or attended his seminars, I never heard a negative comment.
    I attended a seminar at Long Beach, CA. in about 1989 or so, and last year Tony was giving presentations at the A.L.E.R. T. Conference held at Knoxville, TN.I am sure everyone in attendance was impressed by his knowledge, if not they need to have a mental examination.
    I am two years older than Tony, still teach, and remember Tony and I have driven vehicles with mechanical brakes,no power steering, vacuum operated windshield wipers that stopped working when you depressed the accelerator, no sealed beam headlights, no safety rims, heaters that could not be adjusted and the source of heat was the exhaust manifold. Yes the vehicles were not to safe as far as crashes, vision, power in the 30’s and 40’s, but we drove them and are still here to talk about how we did it, and that mainly was common sense.
    If someone decides they want to say anything negative about Mr. Scotti, I would suggest they do not say it in my presence, I am not is a popularity contest, and would take great pleasure in telling he or she how stupid they sound.
    They say stupid is hard to fix, but I certainly would try.
    Tony has been and remains the leader in the field of advanced driving,no matter if is VIp protection, of pursuit driving,and you are blessed if you have a chance to attend one of his classes.
    Let us all wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and honor him forhis dedication to the field that requires his knowledge so much..

    1. tonyscotti says:

      Rex – Thanks for the comments. You and I have been around for a while and understand the value of experience – others don’t. But as I wrote in Misc. Ramblings It’s mind over matter. Also I enjoy talking with you and sharing those experiences – you are the only guy in the business that is older than me. – God Bless

  6. Anthony Gibson says:

    To the so-called ‘experts’ who say all you comment on is History. I say this, you cannot succeed in the future if you do not study – and respect – the past. Tony – I remember seeing you on TV when I was a young man and had little idea I would one day have the privilege of knowing and benefitting from your expertise. There was a time you invited me to a presentation in North Jersey. We had significant snowfall and the roads were bad. Anyone else I would have turned around. Glad I was there. Thank You and Happy belated Birthday. – Anthony Gibson

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