Until I became friends with Pat Pattillo, the farthest I had ever ventured off shore was chest deep in the
That same year, 1999, Pat took me in another direction on the globe. He hosted a father-son fishing trip in
Pat knew that I like to dig in the dirt, so he said, “Let’s find a farm somewhere.” With 5,000-plus acres already in
Today, Pat, Bob and I own a farm in the lush, mountainous, whitewater region of northern
But the best sights are the smiles on kindergarten students in the villages near the farm. Our amigo, Senor Pattillo, had already adopted 40 other schools in
Even at 83 when he climbs into his saddle, Pat’s motto remains: “Ride hard or eat my dust.” A dozen times, I’ve galloped across his ranch, eating his Paso Fino stallion’s dust. Pat’s hard-charging, but humble to a fault.
The three things that make the biggest impact on your life are:
The people you meet
The books you read
The choices you make.
For me, the luckiest chapter in our relationship is that Pat let me choose him as a mentor. He sits on my imaginary, personal board of directors, but his impact is real. Without Pat Pattillo, my world would have been globally-challenged.
And, I certainly wouldn’t be sharing a Pacific sunset with my friends in Leadership Georgia.
Gracias, mi amigo.