Pursuit of Passion
When asked what's he's done in his professional career, with a laugh Dale Story responds, "Not a lot. I've just worked a lot of years and did without pretty often."
"When I first started I needed $14 to be broke," Dale remembers. "I had a $64 car payment and $50 in my pocket."
Underplaying his own accomplishments while putting you at ease with a laugh, such is the charm of the sixty-four-year-old Massac County man, who learned from the best sales associates at Sears back when it was located in downtown Paducah. "And they gave me training, back when they were the largest retailer in the world," he said. "You're not selling a product. This thing that you're selling, you're selling the benefit of it to the customer."
After more than a decade at Sears, he moved to the company that is now Honeywell, eventually working in training.
He also owned an auction company for a few years. "I can't believe they actually pay me to have this much fun," Dale said to his wife, Becky, after they held their first auction. Those few years instilled a love for antiques in Dale, a love that, since retiring in 2009 he's been able to pursue with Becky.
Some might argue Dale is busier than ever, having worked as a consultant, antiquing, and spending whatever other moments he has with his two rescue pups, Dolly and Deacon.
"Retirement doesn't mean quit - it just means leave your occupation and do something you enjoy," he said. For a man that's worked every day in some way for the last 40 years, there is no stopping.
So after a day of bustling and cracking jokes, Dale knows his two furry best friends will be waiting to curl up with him on his recliner in the den, so they can all nod off to whatever movie is on AMC.
"It's a peaceful time that seems like the world's in order," he said. "They usually go to sleep watching a movie and I do too. It's a peaceful time."