When asked about philosophy, especially when it comes to business, Kelly doesn’t hesitate. "I feel like most people confuse activity with accomplishment. They’re not the same thing,” he said emphatically. You can be real busy but not accomplish anything and if people realize that, I think it will help them in many ways.” Then he continued a little different path philosophically, “I love life. I absolutely love life. I love working but I’m always interested in helping my fellow man. I know what it’s like to go through tough times. I know what it’s like to be put to your knees. I still remember one of the dealerships that I had, I was forced to close due to some activities by a couple of bad employees. That was a very tough time. That’s when I decided to stick with the leased vehicles. That was a wakeup call for me. So today it really makes me want to help people that much more.”
Kelly certainly does his fair share of that. He always lends a hand at the local soup kitchen. He is actively involved in his church which seems to be another passion for Kelly. “It’s kind of a calling for me,” Kelly says, "I think it’s awesome to be able to help a fellow man when their in need of a helping hand. I have great faith in God, I have a great family and I’m humbled. That makes me a happy person.”
O’Brien even belongs to a men’s group that seems to have become a very important part of his life. “Having people ‘looking in’ and being able to openly discuss things, or openly offer criticism is a great thing.” Kelly offered as advice. “If you find the right group of people, they don’t sugar coat things, they just tell you the way they see. Sometimes, that can be quite humbling, it’s good to hear another person’s point of view. It’s been priceless for me.
For Kelly O’Brien, his journey continues; living his life with passion, helping others and flying, solo or with company. For Kelly it's all just another adventure.