Metal to the Pedal

How long have you been driving? I’ve been driving since I was about 14. At the time, my sister Lisa was going to Boston University, and my father and I would drive up to visit after working a half day at our pharmacy.

On the way home he’d take the ‘scenic route’ – Route 1 – that brought us through the backyards of MA and into RI. A little after we hit Foxborough (where the Pats play), he’d pull over and let me take the wheel into Attleboro, just as we were ready to cross the MA/RI line.

It was a fast car – an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. And, according to my dad, I had a lead foot. It was pretty exciting to drive and I looked forward to it!

Later, when I moved to LA, I owned my dream car… a ’64 1/2 Mustang – hard top, straight-six. It was a labor of love to fix up, and it was pretty cherry by the time I finished. In LA traffic, drum brakes are no match for newer models, so I’d open her up on Sunday mornings racing from Hollywood to Studio City and back on the 101.

What did I learn driving both cars? You can’t hit the brakes and the gas at the same time. It’s one or the other.

It’s like that with everything. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or do something different in your business, there comes a time where you have to floor it if you want to see some results.

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