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Prodigal son

Aging Friday

As a young guy, I had an opportunity to run a full-service hotel on West Colfax in Denver. The Four Winds was owned by an 80-year-old Jewish businessman by the name of Jacob. He liked to hang out at the hotel and bother me. What a waste of time for me to babysit this ancient character while managing the hotel, restaurant and bar.

I was stuck looking after Jacob early each morning while he cleaned the coffee urn with great thoroughness, so guests could enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. I watched him inspect the dry-aging quarters of beef in the cooler and set the thermometer to the perfect level. I tagged along while Jacob greeted each family checking in at the front desk and then followed him to the lounge where he polished the crystal wine glasses. One time I caught Jacob slipping a 20 dollar bill to our mentally impaired dishwasher, but I said nothing.

Over the years, my career progressed to manage larger hotels, but for some strange reason, I always remembered Jacob.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.