I'll start with the list of things I don't miss:
To be more specific ... traffic between downtown St. Pete (my home) and north Tampa (my former office at USF). Truly, for those of you who currently make that commute: I really feel for you. Debbie used to pray for me during my commute both day and night. I think that was to protect me and to protect those who drive close to me.
She actually still keeps an encyclopedia of books about Jesus next to the bed, which she (RELIGIOUSLY) reads every night. I used to sneak a peek before I headed out to “ask him” to watch over me on the Howard Franklin or Gandy. When I talk to him I use his Jewish name, Jacob Smolensky (or Jake the Carpenter).
Thank you, Jake for keeping me safe for the last 11 years.
I should be more specific here.
This might surprise you. Those who have never experienced the joy of leadership, collaboration with fellow staff members and creating destiny might not understand why I don't miss this.
Truth is ... you are never really in control of anything but responsible for everything.
NOTE: I was truly blessed as a boss because I had great staff that really produced incredible results and many became great friends.
Then again, there were others ...
There are A BILLION OF THEM!!!