Buck up

Willie Wilkerson was a real whiner. He wouldn’t last a day at The Change Companies®, where we’ve posted a sign promoting our solution to life’s little challenges. It says, “Buck up. Eat a banana. Walk around the block.”

This message certainly could have helped my friend. I knew Willie back when I hung out at a bar called Lucky’s. Everyone who wasn’t lucky used to meet there after work to feed off each other’s pessimism and self-pity. Willie’s specialty was being a victim of his boss, his wife, his neighbors and the government. Nothing was Willie’s fault. And when it came to action, he was always a nitpicking spectator.

Today, I think of how Willie stacks up against our sign.

As individuals, we can choose to buck up or keep complaining.

We can eat a banana or drink another beer.

We can walk around the block or twirl dizzily on a barstool.

Whenever I feel like giving up on a worthy challenge, I think of Willie Wilkerson while I’m lacing up my red high-tops.

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.