Two Phone Calls Lead to a Life Lived With Reckless Abandon

While researching a magazine article I was writing, I found myself talking to Scott Clemente, the president of St. Louis Park, Minnesota-based Mulberrys Garment Care. Scott had a great story about how disappointment can actually steer you toward your destiny. When he lost his job, he momentarily lost hope . . . until his dad uttered two words that sent Scott’s life spiraling off in an exciting new direction. I interviewed Scott and wrote up his story. I trust you’ll find it as inspiring and uplifting as I did.

Scott Clemente

In August 2001, I was twenty-six and working in an investment bank in London. I wanted to make a career move so I accepted a job at a private equity firm, also in London. Before beginning my new job, I took a month off to travel. While I was in Italy, September 11 happened. A week after that, I was sitting in a cafe in Bologna when I got a call from my new boss to be. He informed me that the majority of assets had been pulled from their fund and the company was shutting down. He wished me luck and hung up. Losing my job just added to the hopeless feeling I had after 9/11. 

I called my father from the cafe and recounted what had happened, lamenting my incredible bad luck. He listened for a few minutes, then told me to get over it. “Do what you love and the money will follow, “ he said. “You need to stop worrying and attack life with reckless abandon.”

I sat in that coffee shop the rest of the afternoon. I wasn’t sure what I loved to do but I knew I had loved the time I spent in Italy. In an impulsive move, I left the café, walked over to a “Language School for Foreigners” and enrolled. Over the next several months I learned Italian and had the time of my life. While there I met a guy who was about to start his own business. He offered me a job and I took it. After a year, I went back to business school so I could help run a startup instead of just working for one. It didn’t make sense financially but it was in line with the “Reckless Abandon” philosophy I had adopted. While at school I met my fiancee. She was from Minneapolis so I moved here with her after we graduated. A friend of hers in the Twin Cities had started a toxin-free dry cleaner called Mulberrys Garment Care and was looking to grow the business. I started working for him and things went great. At the beginning of 2011 I moved into the role of president.

I often think back to the day when two phone calls set off an unbelievable chain of events that culminated with me, a kid from New York, winding up in Minneapolis by way of London and Italy. My father passed away a week before I graduated from business school but not a day goes by when I don’t think of the advice he gave me. I have no idea where I’d be right now if I hadn’t followed it, but I can’t imagine being happier and more satisfied, both professionally and personally, than I am today.


If you feel more stressed than blessed . . . if you have more confusion than clarity about how to live your beliefs . . . if you long to live a richer, happier, more meaningful life . . . you will find a wealth of insight and guidance in Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World.

Through God’s Eyes is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that explains how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to daily life.

Readers everywhere are discovering that when you challenge yourself to look through God’s eyes, the world around you changes, and so do you.

Who will benefit from reading Through God’s Eyes?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to be.
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to.
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier.

Click here to order your copy of Through God’s Eyes from
For an inscribed copy, click here to e-mail Phil for information.

Click here to visit the Through God’s Eyes website.

Click on the link below to download a FREE 28-page chapter!

Click here to read endorsements from authors and thought leaders.

Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers.

Click here to ask Phil to add you to his e-mail list for updates on his blog and books.

Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.

Like to learn more about Through God’s Eyes? Here is a free 44-page PDF sampler from the book that includes:

• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders

Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!

Schedule a Mastery Mentoring phone session with Phil to learn how to apply principles of spiritual living more effortlessly and effectively. Priced affordably! Click here to e-mail Phil for details.


Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents.

Order it at

In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• How do you reconcile the “free will vs. Divine Will” conundrum?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?

Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.

sixty-seconds-coverPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent authors and thought leaders he interviewed. The roster of storytellers includes Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Caroline Myss, Larry Dossey, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, Dean Ornish, and Christiane Northrup. Sixty Seconds has been translated into four languages: Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories.

Click here to order Sixty Seconds.

Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.

Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers.

Here is a three-minute video introduction to Sixty Seconds.

Tags: , , ,

2 Responses to “Two Phone Calls Lead to a Life Lived With Reckless Abandon”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Yea! This is super helpful for where I’m at. =)

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Super glad to hear that, Rachel!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 472 other followers

%d bloggers like this: