Director Of Community Water Solutions Encourages People To Work Happy
Kate Clopeck's story of buying a truck in Ghana isn't what you would call "thrilling." There aren't any fights or muggings. It barely involves an argument. Getting her hands on a 1985 Mitsubishi pick-up was, if anything, just greatly tedious. But the importance of the story's message is tantamount to the rush that we get from drama.
As a type-A overachiever, Clopeck had her destiny picked out when she was eighteen: Apollo 13, --the Tom Hanks movie for those of you who might be too young to remember (I can't believe I just said that)--spurred an ambition to be an aerospace engineer. An inspired dream, no doubt, and a difficult one to turn into a reality. Clopeck, whose life work is getting clean water to struggling communities, might still be amazed that she is where she is. She said that she smiled and laughed more in the days it took to finally purchase a defective truck with thousands of dollars in cash, than she ever had at an aerospace firm she previously worked for. She gave up a highly ambitious dream for the sake of her own happiness and fulfillment. That's an example worth following.