Sylvester Neal is a past president of Kiwanis International who spent his career in public service as a firefighter, airport security chief, and state fire marshal.
In this episode of A Congruent Life, Sylvester shares interesting stories from his well-lived life, including:
- attending an integrated high school in the 1950s, and how he never got into a fight,
- what he learned when a restaurant would not allow him to eat with his teammates,
- how his dreams of going to college evaporated after one poor football game,
- the effect that a house fire had on his dreams and the trajectory of his work,
- how having confidence in his intuition boosted his early career as a firefighter,
- having the discipline to earn a college degree over ten years of night school,
- being open to discovering unexpected blessings in disguise,
- having the courage to turn down a job that simply wanted to fill its minority quotas,
- how fainting in an airport led to clarity about living a life of service, and
- what he is learning from raising his young grandsons while in his 70s.