The Fisherman

He lived and worked in the Keys, where he was also an excellent competitive fisherman in those shallow and crystal clear. After our workshop, he and I would go fishing for Bonefish, the game fish he competed for. They are big, fast, and opaque. The small boat we rode in had an elevated platform where someone would stand and look for where the fish were. Once given direction and distance, the person fishing attempts to place the line and hook just ahead of where the fish appears to be headed. Accuracy is everything. I failed miserably. He did not. 

His office was wonderful to work with. One time during our workshop, a friend of his came into the office who needed emergency dental care. He was, and is, a world-famous folk singer who made his home in the Keys. I recognized him immediately and loved his music, and I let him know that. After the emergency was dealt with, and as he was about to leave, he invited the two of us to his bar and restaurant for dinner.    

When we arrived, we were seated next to a small stage where he and his band perform nightly when not traveling around the world giving concerts. Only a red rope separated me from where he sat with his guitar, and we had an incredible evening of his music.

The dentist and fisherman I worked with lived through numerous hurricanes and floods and once lost his home next to the waters off the Key where he lived and had his office. So, what? He loved the environment where he lived and practiced. And, as difficult as it was to travel there, I enjoyed the times with him, his staff, and the people I met.

Adventure awaits—Never know what is to be—Live this, the moment

Life, a mystery—Who knocks at the door? Go see—Maybe good or bad?

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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