When I was growing up, my mom was heavily involved in the school system. First, as PTA president, then, on the school board for 8 years. She cared passionately about the school system, the well being of the students, and the teachers.
There was one time that a friend of mine brought a knife to school. He got caught, and went to a school board hearing, where my mom (and the other board members) expelled him. The next time I saw him he was still upset. Any 14 year old would be. Being expelled changes the trajectory of your youth. Years later I saw him again at a friend’s wedding. He was the best man, and gave a great speech. He came up to me and shook my hand, and said he held no grudges against my mom and said he got what he deserved. However, he took that experience and turned his life in the right direction. He became a paratrooper in the military, and today he is a decorated veteran, a loving father, and husband.
I know at the time, my mom didn’t want to expel my friend, but had to so he could get into the right support system.
I know that I have had to make tough calls about the outcomes of other people’s future as well.
Years ago, in the care home business I operated, we had several residents that were diagnosed with schizophrenia, paranoia, and delusional behavior. Many of them were on medications, and had a psychologist come visit to assess their behavior each month.
Yet — there were many times that they would get out of control, saying strange things, and even talking about harming themselves or someone else. I did not hesitate in calling the police so that they could get the right psychiatric help. They would get that help, then (most of the time) come back and things would be back to normal. Twice, the person wasn’t released because they were a harm to them self.
All of us have a role to play in our jobs. Most of us don’t have to deal with mental illness for a career. The military helped my friend find his role in life.The right psychiatrist is able to diagnose the patient to get the right treatment in their life. The right realtor will help diagnose the best result for the sale of a house.
Mike Simpson is a Bay Area native, father, early riser, avid reader, dog lover & coffee addict. In his spare time, Simpson enjoys woodworking. Today, Mike is an entrepreneur, author and relentless innovator of the real estate industry.