Life’s Lessons

Many years ago I learned one of the most important lessons in life. And I have followed it ever since. I was working at a TV station in Winston-Salem, NC, and after three years my salary had reached $60 a week. It was a good job. I only had to work 9 or 10 hours a day, six days a week. Then opportunity knocked.

I got a call from Russell Bruton (known as “Rusty”) who was the Production Manager at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL. He wanted me to come down and audition for their opening for a chief meteorologist. I thought about that for several days. Jacksonville was a much larger market, and the idea of living in FL, after enduring the snows of NC, appealed to me. But I had a young wife and a new baby. I decided that to make the move to JAX I just HAD to have a salary of $100 a week, guaranteed.

So I went to Jacksonville, did the audition, and Rusty said he’d like to hire me. I was ready for him. I was not going to be dissuaded from my $100 a week salary. I had that figure firmly implanted in my mind. I knew he would probably offer me less than my request and I was ready to argue the point that I was worth a hundred bucks a week. He HAD to agree to $100, or I was catching the next Eastern Airlines flight back to NC.

Rusty said, “How much do you want to come to work for us?”

I answered, “A hundred dollars a week.”

He said, “I’ll pay you a hundred and ten dollars.”

I shouted, “NO! I want a hundred dollars!”

He began to laugh as I realized how foolish I must have sounded. And then he said, “I’ll pay you the hundred and ten. And, Johnny, NEVER TURN DOWN MONEY.”

I worked for Rusty for 5 years in JAX and when he came to Atlanta, he brought me with him where I worked at WSB for another 20 years. But I never forgot the lesson he taught me. NEVER turn down money. Just say, “Thank you.”

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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