Things I’ve Learned Over 66 Years

Dick Taylor WBECThis past Friday, October 12th, was my 66th birthday. Notable because according to Social Security I’m now at “full retirement age.”

Commercial radio is 98-years old, but the first 30+ years of radio – often called “The Golden Age of Radio” – was broadcast more in the style of today’s television.

The radio I grew up with was format radio, born in the 60s.

So, you might say, today’s radio and I, grew up together.

However, no matter what your career path has been, I’m willing to bet, you and I share more things in common than we differ. See if you don’t agree.

25 Things I Learned Over the Years

  1. Don’t worry about things. The things you do worry about usually never happen and things you never even considered happening, do.
  2. Life is a celebration. Welcome each day as you would New Year’s Day, as a new chance to start over and do something new.
  3. Love who you are. You are one-of-a-kind and there will never be another you.
  4. Be grateful and show gratitude for everything that happens in your life. It happened for a reason and its part of the growth process.
  5. Laugh a lot. You will never be able to control what happens in your life, so learn to find the humor in what happens.
  6. When bad things happen in our world, take the advice of Fred Rogers’s mom and look for the helpers. Even better, be one of the helpers.
  7. Never miss an opportunity to let someone know how much they mean to you.
  8. Never spend more than you earn. There will always be a “rainy day” and you need to be financially fit to float above the flood waters of a life crisis.
  9. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,”said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s right. Don’t be afraid to speak out.
  10. Mentor others with all that you know. Sharing is caring.
  11. Always say “Please” and “Thank You.” It matters not whether you’re the parent or the child, the employer or the employee, the teacher or the student, courtesy counts.
  12. People learn from what you do, not what you say. You can’t just talk the talk, you must walk it too.
  13. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that just being there for another person is the most important thing you can do. Be sure to hold on tight to each and every friend you meet in life.
  14. Write hand-written “Thank You” notes. They always make the most impact on those you are grateful for.
  15. Plan for the future, but stay flexible. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” sang John Lennon in his song Beautiful Boy, and he was right.
  16. Try to live a balanced life: spiritual/home/community/work but don’t fret if things get out-of-balance at times, because they always do.
  17. Forgive, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.
  18. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is unknown. Live in the present.
  19. ‘There ain’t no big time.’ Many of us in radio spent years honing our careers to rise to positions of more responsibility or to perform in larger radio markets only to learn nothing really changes. People are people, nobody’s perfect, and most of the same challenges remain.
  20. There’s always someone you can reach out to for the answer you seek, you don’t need to have all the answers, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to ask others for help.
  21. Everything in life comes to an end, including life itself. Embrace life.
  22. No matter how fast the world today moves, nature continues to move at the same pace it always has. Spend more time in nature and calm your soul.
  23. Serve others, you will be amazed how it changes your life for the better.
  24. If you do the work you love, you will never call it work. After over four decades in radio, I went into college teaching, both never seemed like work but a true labor of love.
  25. And finally, believe that the best things in your life are yet to be. To paraphrase Henry Ford, whether you believe that’s true or you don’t, you’re right.


Filed under Education, Mentor, Radio

22 responses to “Things I’ve Learned Over 66 Years

  1. Buddy Sadler

    Thanks for the post. I’ve tried to think of ways to say what you said, but it didn’t come out as well. And are all true. I’ve been doing it since 1965 and also have worked the small and the large…and it’s amazing how alike they were. And my favorite saying, from WKRP, could have been said by nearly all my GM’s…….”I swear, with God as my witness, I thought turkey’s could fly!’

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  2. Now, That’s Radio’s Live 25!

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  3. Roy Nilsen

    Still the professor…. Well put, Dick. Thank you. And a belated Happy Birthday!

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  4. Art Versnick

    Happy Birthday, Dick. Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Bob Harlan

    A magnificent compendium of keys to a wonderful, meaningful life! Thank you! I will be sharing!

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  6. Joe Jindra

    Happy Birthday Dick

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  7. Pete Salant

    This collection of things you’ve learned is a keeper, Dick. Important things from which we can all benefit. Thank you, and I’m sorry I missed your birthday! Happy birthday!

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  8. Jay lark

    Sorry I missed your birthday. Love the list. J.

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  9. georgejohnsradio

    Well said Dick, you’re definitely more a Richard than you are a Dick. Geo

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  10. ds52

    Happy Belated Birthday! I believe all of your points … when I am wondering what to do or say or how to act I go back to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and it makes it easier to determine what to do.

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