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Life Lessons: Ron Delaney

Well, look who’s in the Life Lessons Hot Seat today! I have not met Ron Delaney in person yet, rather I got to know him over Facebook (isn’t that how everyone does it?). I was immediately taken by his story, which is one of success and survival and it’s not over yet. Sit back and read more about Ron and remember, we’d love to hear from you too! Drop us a line here if you’d like to be featured and we’ll get the questions out to you ASAP.

Are you happy at the moment?

For the most part I’m happy but it would be a lie if I said that I was 100% happy.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now, what would it be?

No matter what life throws your way, you can handle it! Would for sure tell myself no matter what, never sell the company I dreamed of building from a very early age.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Life is full of ups and downs but one shall never give up just because it’s not easy! One of the things that keeps me going is knowing that no matter how bad it seems, someone out there is much worse off than myself.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I really want to take my business to the next level and franchise GymJock Cleaning Services. I also want to achieve my goal in the gym and gain the pounds that I’ve wanted to gain for years.

What’s your secret to happiness?

Spending weekends on a boat or camping with good friends or family. Also, being there for anyone who needs my help, really makes me happy.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Hitting the gym daily. For me, it’s a great way to release the stress from the day and knowing I look better now then I did 25 years ago (body-wise) keeps me going.

What’s your biggest regret?

Selling my dream business, Ron’s American Limousines. The long hours and stress were taking their toll on my body and being HIV-positive, I thought it was the best thing to do for my health. Looking back, I should have just hired someone to take some of the workload. I’m not sure I would have ever really slowed down though and having a business that runs 24/7, 365 days a year was not good.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I don’t have kids but I do have two nieces and a nephew. One niece has lost two brothers and watched her 11-year-brother lose his battle with liver cancer. The one thing I have taught all of them is to always do the right thing, follow your heart and be kind to others.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Feeling I am not good enough.

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’ve never given up on a dream, I always work hard and give 100% to anything I do.

When were you happiest?

Spending weekends on the beach or lake with close friends or camping in the Texas Hill Country with family and friends is when I am happiest.

What ten words best describe you?

Entrepreneur, honest, friend, dedicated, outdoorsman, spontaneous, wild, kinky, athletic, different.

Ron Delaney started his first company, Ron’s American Limousines when he was only 19-years-old. In true, entrepreneurial form, Ron has also started and run several others, ranging from Bridal Show Production companies and an RV Dealership to his current business, Gymjock Cleaning Services. He spends whatever spare time he has, camping in his vintage Airstream and spending time with friends in Austin, Texas. 

3 Comments

  1. Jim Walker

    April 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Ron is one of my best friends and always so fun to be around. Though we now live 1000 miles away, we still keep him close in our hearts and look forward to seeing him again this summer.

  2. L'Tanya Price

    April 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Ron is simply the best! I live around the corner from him and before he moved to our subdivision, most of us did not know each other. One day, he was roller blading in the neighborhood and stopped to introduce himself to everyone and then our neighborhood “came to life”! I’m proud to say that he’s one of my best friends! When something breaks down at my house, my husband simply says – “Call Ron”! One of my best memories was when he took me camping with he and his family and I got to stay in his Airstream. Being a black female, I don’t like camping and getting my hair wet, but I truly “let my hair down” that weekend and had a blast!

  3. Penny Sprayberry

    May 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Ron is one of my dearest friends & part of my large extended family from childhood. Spent many hunting seasons & summer vacations with him. Watched him build the Limo business from the ground up & was so PROUD of him. Have seen him go through tough times but come out on the otherside with his head held high.
    Have talked him through snow storms when he was pulling campers across the states & he always kept his cool cracking jokes.
    Ron has been my ROCK in ROUGH waters always there to let know I coould do it. To make me laughing when I didn’t know if I had it in me anymore.
    We have had some wild times in our lives together & lots more crazy wild times to come in our future.

    He is my #1 GAY BOY & I LOVE MY HUNNY SO MUCH. Very proud to call him my friend & family.

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