Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MEET AN AUTOTELIC PERSONALITY

AUTO MEANS SELF. TELEOS MEANS END OR GOAL.  SO AN AUTOTELIC PERSONALITY IS A PERSON WHO CAN GENERATE THEIR OWN ENDS/GOALS/GAMES.  Wherever they find themselves, they create interesting things to do.

 I opened my door one recent morning to this sight.  Somehow in the night, an airplane had settled itself alongside.
Turns out, it's an old friend Jon Tremellion---and suddenly, I'm a little less surprised.  This is the sort of thing he does regularly.
Laurie drops by, poses her pretty self and together we weedle the story out of John.
Even he does not know what he intends to do with his airplane, but here is a first thought: sleep in it.
Looking tailward is a cushion/bed.

Lots of space in the cockpit for camping gear. 
His truck is a camper---but it is full of "pickings".  Jon defines himself as a picker.  Someone who buys things and resells them---hopefully at a profit.  He bought this wrecked airplane in Quartzsite, Az---(behind the Love station)



And he's off with his longtime companion Conch for more Picking.


He owns a classy Airstream trailer but has settled it more or less permanently at his mini-ranch near ShowLow, Az.  (he and 3 friends bought and share a lot in ShowLow pines subdivision for about a $1000 each.)  Interested in a cheap, high country get-a-way spot? (elevation 6,500 ft)--Here's a lady with similar big (acre and a third) lots in the same subdivision to sell: senoraberry@yahoo.com. (current cost: 4-6 thousand----4 of you could split that cost as John did and have neighbors)
He built this cozy cabin with timbers from another "picking" purchase: a huge pile of them--- not knowing what he would do with them---but was sure they were a bargain.  He brought them home, pondered awhile, then built this.  A huge stack was left over----which he sold for more than the original cost.
Here's another example of his Picking prowess.  Bought this collection of trophy heads because the price was right---mounted them in his cabin till they were sold at a substantial profit. 
Another odd purchase---a pair of Alpacas.  Don't know if he turned a profit on them---but they were adorable pets.
There, friends, is a happy man---a man with interesting things to do.  I daresay he will never run out of projects.

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  I have long admired this guys ability to generate meaning for himself---and others.   He built a social room where his high country neighbors gather daily.  Whenever he joins his travel group (the WINS---www.rvsingles.org) he quietly arranges the makings of a party---and sure enough, he is soon surrounded by friends. 
AUTOTELIC  personalities have been scientifically studied by a man with the odd name of Csikszentmihaly who wrote the book FLOW to describe the process of becoming one.  It is the clearest explanation I have found about how to generate meaning.
If you would like to see a movie that---more or less---illustrates this type of personality---check out KING RAT. ---About a man who generates meaning even in a POW camp. 

BUT WAIT----THERE'S MORE--another story here that I shall call HIDDEN VALUE. John makes a good living and a good life by seeing, securing, surfacing and then selling the VALUE that is hidden  in things.
 Hidden value, great and small exist all around us---from aluminum cans in a dumpster to undervalued companies that can be purchased, tweaked and sold for grand fortunes---as did J.P. Morgan.

 The greatest hidden value bargains are found in PEOPLE----and I think most of us are undervalued.  Let us hope that someone like John will see and surface our hidden value to the world. Or, better yet, wake ourselves up to our real worth.

5 comments:

Nancy1340 said...
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Nancy1340 said...

You put a www on the email address of Senora Berry. Confused me but then I confuse easily.

heyduke50 said...

nice blog about a simple man leading a simple life...

Kelly Florence said...

I really like this guy's style. Thanks for talking about him.
BTW: has Lauries discovered and toured http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/30/garden/0131-ELIPHANTE_15.html?_r=0

Kelly Florence said...

sorry the link did not go in correct..... it's a neat place near Sedona: Eliphante