Your Turn

Your Turn/Scott Davis

Posted: Jul. 14, 2018 9:10 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a news anchorman. I have always loved to be in the limelight and love, love, love talking and being on camera.

What would you rather be doing right now? I would rather be somewhere on the water. My favorite leisure activity is being on my boat on the Mississippi.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I may be the town's social butterfly, but I secretly struggle with depression, social anxiety and low self-esteem. I have battled with these demons my entire life and push myself to work with the public every day, be an active member of the community and always have a smile and a positive attitude.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? It was March 2017. As a volunteer Junior Achievement instructor, I planned, organized and executed Scott's Aerial Business Tour of Quincy. I organized getting multiple planes and pilots and flew 50 Baldwin School students in small planes over Quincy to see local businesses from above. Many of the kids had never flown in a plane. The looks on their and their parents' eyes was absolutely priceless.

It really stinks when ... people are mean. We are only on this world for a short time. Use that time wisely, and make daily, positive impacts on every life you encounter.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Selfie-King. I love to capture all the fun moments of life.

I always laugh when ... Well, that would actually be "always laughing." I always have a smile on my face, and I'm always making someone laugh with one of the crazy stories of the daily wild adventures that always seem to happen to me.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My late grandfather Jean Long. He was my mentor and a successful businessman. He was always there for me and never judged me. I lived with him for a portion of my life. He taught me about business and the importance of a strong work ethic. I miss him daily. Rachel McAdams because I totally fell head over heels in love with her in the movie "Wedding Crashers." Bruce Willis when he had hair. He was my movie star hero. When he lost his hair, he lost his swagger and appeared to lose his ability to act.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go for a long walk. I live on the southwest corner of 24th and Maine and walk from there to Washington Park and back several times a week.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... invisible. I was the class clown but was socially awkward.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I once met Vanna White at the WGEM Home and Living Show.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... fly to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The luxurious white sands of the beaches of those islands have been on my bucket list for years.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... not work. I am a worker bee and have worked 60-plus hours a week for the last decade.

America should be more concerned about ... today's youths. Kids these days are glued to their phones and video games. One of the reasons I teach Junior Achievement is to give kids a taste of what the business world is really like.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... ties. I probably have 130 dress ties.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Tinder, POF and Bumble.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Love your life. Take pictures of everything. Tell people you love them. Talk to random strangers. Do things that you're scared to do. Do it all, because so many of us die, and no one remembers a thing we did. Take your life and make it the best story in the world. Don't waste it." I first saw this years ago on Facebook and shared it to my wall.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Hip Hop Nation on satellite radio. As people get older, most people stick with their era. I like to feel young and stay in tune with what is current and popular. Plus my son and I both know all the words to the song "Powerglide" by the artist Rae Sremmurd.

I always get sentimental when ... I wouldn't say sentimental, but I had to stop watching the TV show "This Is Us," because I cried every single episode. Also, "America's Got Talent" gets me teared up many, many times during the season.

The older I get, the more I realize ... the frailty of life. When I was young, I was naive and thought I would live forever. As I am getting older, I realize that life can throw you some serious curve balls. How you react to them is how you define your life.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have invested that $130,000 that I inherited 20 years ago into Google, Facebook or any number of stocks that exploded. I would now be moving to my own personal island that I bought from Jay-Z or some other famous movie star. As much as I wish I had saved or invested that money, I sure had a total blast frivolously spending it.

My favorite item of clothing is ... It's not clothing, but it is a Snoopy sheet that was on a couch bed I found for sale in The Herald-Whig classifieds in 1987. I bought it for my first apartment when I was 17. I got rid of the couch six months later, but still use the sheet. It's thin, and you can almost see through it, but it still has large cartoon characters of Snoopy and the gang and always makes me think of simpler times.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's be kind to everyone. Invest your time in everyone you meet. Don't just make acquaintances. Have true, meaningful relationships with anyone that touches you life. I know we are always "hair on fire" busy, but I challenge you to stop and take the time to actually have meaningful conversations with people you encounter during your journeys.

Scott Davis, 48, is dealer counselor at Little Jess Motor Co., where he runs the sales department. Born and raised in Quincy, Davis is single and has two sons, Cole, 18, and Cody, 24. Davis is an avid Junior Achievement volunteer teaching kids about business in many Quincy classrooms.