My grandfather William E. Buffington would have been 100 years old today. (10/25/1920 - 8/31/2002)
I like to think I inherited his entrepreneurial spirit and some other traits from him. I have so many questions for him that my younger self didn't even know I should ask. He was always calm and made me feel relaxed and comfortable to be me. I cherish my memories with him and always enjoyed spending time with him.
As the founder of Buffington's Office Equipment in my hometown, I frequently hear others tell me they knew him. If you have any stories of my grandfather you would like to share, please let me know.
Since I was a kid, I have always been fascinated and curious about anything that flies. Everything from birds, planes, helicopters, kites, rockets, butterflies, you name it...if it is in the air, I will stop and look at it.
If I hear a plane, I will stop and look up. My office sits near a helipad, and as soon as I hear the distinct sound of a helicopter, I stop whatever I am doing to watch it come or go. Birds soaring high in the sky can distract me just about anytime or anywhere.
I love being a pilot, and the feeling you get every time the wheels of the plane leave the ground. Being in a hot air balloon floating above the ground is peaceful to me. It is fun to dangle your legs in the air when parasailing. Skydiving out of an airplane is exhilarating to me!
Flying a kite makes me feel like a kid. Throwing a frisbee is relaxing. Flying a model plane or helicopter brings me joy. I am excited to launch model rockets.
What are you fascinated and curious about?
I feel like someone put life into hyper gear this year. Normally life is always busy for me, and I never have a shortage of things to do, but this year has been different, to say the least.
Sometimes I find myself overreacting to others, especially when it comes to polarizing subjects, which there seems to be no shortage of right now. I have to remind myself we all look at the world from a different set of lenses with our own life experiences that make us unique.
I took this photo a few weeks ago on an evening bike ride. These rides help pull me away from the crazy days and reflect on everything going on in the world and my interactions with others. I apologize if I have been quick to counter your take on current events.
Please be kind, calm, and patient with others!
Thank you to everyone that supported the book launch of Success Habits of Super Achiever! We hit number #1 in 30 categories during the Amazon launch, which is absolutely incredible!
A common theme you will find in this book is the importance of relationships. When I reflect on life, there are just so many people that have impacted my life and made it better. I am grateful for my family, friends, employees, business partners, and everyone that has touched my life in a positive way!
This will now be the second book I have co-authored where I get to tell my story how I struggled due to my learning disability, how I managed to work through it, and the people who helped me along the way. I hope that I can help others understand a learning disability is simply a learning difference and does not dictate who you are or where life will take you.
Success Habits of Super Achiever contains over 80 stories and success habits from truly amazing people. I feel fortunate to call many of them friends and learn from them. The relationships created by being involved in a book like this end up being one of the most rewarding aspects.
Kyle Wilson is the mastermind behind the books I have been involved with. He is gifted at pulling people together from all over with unique backgrounds. Not only does he create #1 bestseller books, but he connects many of us to form a community that supports each other.
For those of you that would still like a copy of Success Habits of Super Achiever and live in my local community, they will be available at The Crooked Shelf Bookshop in the coming weeks once we receive additional copies from the printer. As most of you know, I would much rather support a local business over online shopping. For those that did buy from Amazon, I am still grateful! The proceeds from the book launch are going to a great charity.
Wishing you success, happiness, and joy!
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Most of these blog posts have not been edited or proofread by an editor. You may find words misspelled, improper grammar, and incorrect punctuation. Sometimes the words may not even make sense. When I post something here, I am merely expressing my feelings. If you don't know my story, you must know I have a learning disability, and I don't always see and hear words the same as most.