Derrick E. Drisdel - The Keys to Life
About the Book (from the Introduction)
This book is called The Keys to Life. I received the first Key to Life from my father when I was about eight years old. My father was a bus driver then, and during that time bus drivers used a change maker in order to make change for the passengers. That’s why my father always had a lot of change lying around the house. I remember one summer day, when I asked my father if he had any extra money, so I could go to the store and buy a popsicle. That’s when he said: “There is no such thing as extra money.” I didn’t know it at the time but that became my first Key to Life. As I grew older, I can recall several other Keys of Life given to me by my father. Sometimes he would tell me: “You may not understand right now but when the situation presents itself, you will remember these words.”
I remember being in college, calling my father long distance, and telling him: “Hey Pop, I remember a long time ago you told me such and such; man, it just happened, and I’m glad I knew what to do at the time.” Sometimes he would drop a Key on me without any situation occurring. For instance, I remember one day he said to me: “Rick, if you want to have a good life, just be good.” I said: “That’s it?” and he said: “Yeah, it’s so simple it’s like a secret, because most people aren’t doing it.” I would always scratch my head and say: “Wow, that’s deep.” As time went on, I began to develop my own Keys to Life. Some would come to me through life experiences, and some I would create by watching other people’s experiences.
The Keys that I learned from my father and through life experiences were so valuable, I began sharing them with my children. At one point I was sharing some of the Keys to Life with my kids till one of them said to me: “Wow, Pop, that’s clever. Why don’t you put all this down in a book?” I said: “That’s a good idea!” And before long I started to write this book called The Keys to Life. I’m sure we all have looked back and said to ourselves: “I wish I knew, when I was younger, what I know now. I would have done things differently.”
I hope that as you read these Keys to Life, they will give you an objective approach to situations that may occur in your life, and that they someday open doors to you that would normally be closed. My hope is that, as you read this book, you open your mind, think about the information being shared, and develop an objective approach to some of life’s challenges. If you use these Keys, I guarantee you that they will help you free your mind. And if I may quote my former boss George Clinton: “Free your mind and your behind will follow.” I told my kids: “If you find The Keys to Life helpful...it’s already a success.”
Meet the Author
Derrick Drisdel was born in 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. He attended Lincoln Senior High, the same high school as famous trumpet player Miles Davis. After moving to Los Angeles, and spending time in the army, he attended Southwest Junior College, followed by Citrus Junior College, and later graduated from Azusa Pacific University where he played football and basketball.
Derrick began working when he was ten years old, and he has held nearly 100 jobs in his life. His worst two jobs were washing dishes and hanging up hangers in a department store. His two best jobs were teaching school in Monrovia, California, and being Road Manager for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.
During his life Derrick traveled to more than fifty countries. He is the father of four wonderful children and three fantastic stepchildren, all of whom are professionals in their own right. Their jobs range from police officer to a college volleyball coach. Derrick is happily married to Carla Lindsay Drisdel, and he is a saved child of God.
Derrick transitioned at 13:37 on 28 September 2022. We miss him.