David Selley is an 80-year-old man living life at 80 mph! In high school, he was told in high school that he wouldn’t amount to much. His life proves that wrong. He had a successful corporate career for over 20 years. Next, he spent about 18 years in real estate development. Now, he is living out his third act supporting entrepreneurs reach their dreams. Oh, and he’s been married for 60 years! Mr. Selley has a lot to say and we’re here to hear.
Of all the things we talked about (and we talked about a lot), we settled on his marriage and how he managed to be happily married for over half a century. Would a 60 year marriage even be possible for a couple who married today?
Although we have seen a lot of progress over the decades, David lamented the current throwaway culture when throwing in the towel is always an option. Of course, no one should stay in an abusive or violent relationship; but many relationships are casualties of just going when the going gets tough. Had David and his wife done that, they wouldn’t have celebrated a 60th anniversary.
He explained to us how he and his wife use a number system to rate how serious an issue is. His wife might rate a situation as a four. However, when he tells her that it rates an 9.8 on his scale, he has her attention. Both of them know that this is an issue that requires both of their attention.
David is filled with nuggets of truth that can only come from a man who has truly lived.