Stevon’s Blog: Paul Newman Daytona

I’ve gained a reputation for being late. The small amount of authority voters granted me as a local elected official made me accustomed to having people wait on my arrival- whenever that may be. I didn’t often intend to make people wait on purpose, but to this day I’m not the best gauge for how long certain tasks take to complete.

I have learned that most things take more time to get started than they do to get finished. This is a lesson I intend to share with generations of men if I get the opportunity. This lesson of course only applies to the more shallow tasks. The deep work takes a lifetime.

I understand the irony of my association with time. I’ve spent most of my adult life in a hurry to make a mark and leave a legacy. It wasn’t until recently I understood the difference between what it means to be somebody versus doing something. But of course, I only got to learn these lessons after being entrusted with an opportunity I wasn’t quite prepared to handle.

Upon reflection you notice these moments when your life course allowed grandiosity to get very familiar with humility. This clash is a regular occurrence for someone like me. Several times over I’ve been seduced by my aspirations without the proper gauge for how long it takes to complete to achieve the desired outcome.

My journey as a politician is ending for the time being. But time doesn’t care about my life designs or career changes. People continue to ask me what’s next. I suppose having a podcast, running a consulting firm, investing in real estate and writing a newsletter isn’t enough to do with my time. There is also the avid reading, boxing lessons, working out, traveling and spanish lessons as well. When people ask me what’s next I jokingly say I’m going to make hella money and find a baby mama.

But here is the truth. I have no idea what’s next. A few of my favorite political leaders to read about are Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Like me they were sober, got into politics young, lost races and took breaks from being in elected office. But they were also political animals, which I’m not. But I am an animal about leading a life that is truly a reflection of time well spent. The sort of legacy that can be captured in the essence of a Paul Newman Daytona.

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Consultant: Strategic Advising & Recruiting | SF Board of Education | Cook on Monday Morning Podcast.