Realistic and Courageous man! Admirable!


Read the article and share what you think of this man. Would you do the same thing if you were in his position? Talking about ‘biting the bullet’ and ‘ taking the bull by its horns’. Man!

Ken Karpman — From CEO to pizza delivery boy

Written by Jake on document.write (localTime) Mar-21-09 2:41am/20/2009 18:41 GMT

He used to earn six figures,…..MORE but now Ken Karpman is schlepping pizzas. Ken Karpman was flying high for the first 45 years of his life. Armed with an MBA, he climbed the ladder as a trader, making up to $750,000 a year.

But when he tried to go solo, starting his own hedge fund, and the market collapsed, he lost everything.

Now he’s collecting food stamps, working as a pizza delivery boy, and paying his childrens’ $30,000 a year private school tuition only through the kindness of strangers.

From an ABC News article:
After a lengthy and fruitless job search, the Karpmans were shocked to find themselves in financial dire straits, with zero savings, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and their home in foreclosure.

Desperate for quick cash, Karpman tried to find a job bartending but came up empty. Finally, he drove his Mercedes to Mike’s Pizza & Deli Station in Clearwater and applied for a job. Mike Dodaro, the owner of the pizza shop, said he was shocked when he read his application but he offered him the job despite some reluctance to hire an over-qualified candidate.
Stephanie Karpman said she was more than a little surprised when he came home with his new job, initially saying, “You’re kidding me, right?

“Delivering pizzas,” she said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think he’d be doing that.”

Karpman’s salary plummeted from six figures to $7.29 an hour — plus tips — but it’s money that he’s grateful to earn, even when it means delivering to neighbors or his old office building.

“This whole progression down, it’s amazing how many things you say, ‘I can’t do’ and a week later you say, ‘Yeah, I could do that,'” he said. “I’m not going to make a career out of this but, until I get something that pays more, this is what I’ll do to keep food on the table.”

I take my hat off for this man. I think he is not only big in physique but he is also big in courage! I also salute his wife for standing by him, the strangers who are helping with his children’s education. And I am not forgetting the owner pizza shop who offered him the job.

Come visit again. Thank you.

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3 thoughts on “Realistic and Courageous man! Admirable!

  1. coffee maker says:

    it’s gotta take a truckload of humility for this guy to take on that pizza delivery gig

  2. xiaoyao2 says:

    yes, this is true courage, courage to face reality, courage to accept “humiliation”, to keep food on the table for the family.

    a quote from Diamond Sutra (Chapter 32):

    ” 一切有為法,如夢幻泡影,如露亦如電,應作如是觀。”

    (“All conditioned dharmas ;
    are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, shadows ;
    like dew drops and a lightning flash ;
    contemplate them thus. “).

    this is universally true irrespective of individual faith.

  3. Nothing like a gut-wrenching life-changing event like that to bring you right back down to earth. I may be joining his ranks if I don’t find something soon, and as painful as it would be, no one is too good for anything when it comes to taking care of your family.

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