Day 23: Paul Pickett

(Note: Paul Pickett is chief development officer for an Indianapolis-based franchise I investigated two years ago, and still follow with interest. We discussed things like business philosophies, dreams and all kinds of possibilities over a several-month period. He’s also an ornithologist, which makes him pretty cool in my assessment.)

Dear Paul:

Sometimes things work out. Sometimes they don’t. But then again, they just might someday, right?

How can a person not love birds? Honestly, I just say no to the bird haters!

Paul Pickett

Paul Pickett

They are graceful, majestic, beautiful, entertaining, diverse, funny, and can tell us so much about what’s going on around us. Birds know things before we do. I have a T-shirt that reads, “I feed birds to keep from choking people.” That’s true enough, right?!?

Seriously, I want to thank you for the time we spent together discussing so many things I love. When passion and possibilities collide, it’s the best of all worlds. These are the things of which dreams are made.

Thank you for the great knowledge you conveyed about your business; for the professionalism and the friendly personality every time we spoke; and for caring enough to ask about the family of which I never doubted your authentic concern.

But the moment I really assessed your character, Paul, was an instant when as I was driving to Little Rock one day I told you I was considering an independent route. In response, you articulated with a calm demeanor and any number of legitimate reasons for giving considerable thought to that path. Who knows, it may or may not have worked out, but I never doubted for a second that you had my interests at heart. I never felt like I was being sold. That moment made an indelible impression.

I think of you often, and care enough to follow your travels here and there. I always liked you, and I hope that comes across as a compliment in the way I mean it from the heart.

Things didn’t work out, but who knows? …Because they might one day, right? Thanks for being one of the good guys.

And PS: Not kidding – ornithology is so cool.

PSS: I’m in Ecuador for a few weeks and seeing some real beauties. In fact, I just stepped outside to see a beautiful pair of blue-gray tanagers who visit every morning.

Sincerely yours and my best wishes,

Steve Watkins

2 thoughts on “Day 23: Paul Pickett

  1. Dearest Steve, Amigo Mio,
    I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love reading your notes each day! It is a great addition to my morning spiritual ritual of journaling, reading and meditating. Thank you for what you are doing. I feel like I am witnessing the expansion of your talents, the unfoldment of your soul.
    I have the daily writing sent directly to my mailbox, and it is absolutely wonderful! So even though this is my first comment, I read each day with excitement, and I savor these folks and the imprint they left on your heart. Thank you! Sending lots of love to you and all your Ecuador friends, family, and now, birds! Peace, Annie (AKA Day 6)
    PS – I thought of you on Saturday while I marched in LA. I think you would’ve liked it. I even got my picture taken with my sign in front of the LA Times building. I think you understand why that was important to me. I’ll have to send you the photo. Big love to you today and every day!


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