Happy Father's Day
I have learned a lot from you and I know many of my traits come from you.
I know I learned a lot of practical handyman type things like painting, caulking, replacing a glass pane etc. As you know, I put those to work in my first business. That success was my entrepreneurial start.
I learned much about business from you. I am sure my success is a direct result of what I learned. You taught me that business is not only OK, but it is good. You helped me form my leadership and management style. You helped me bring systems to the business before I knew we needed them.
I gained a love of gardening. Yours was always so weed free compared to mine(and I am sure very little of that was your 4 sons). Your yield was actually much higher than you thought due to the "son" discount especially in the raspberry and blueberry department. My compost takes longer but I still do it.
I see your discipline and the success habits you have. I envy those and copy some of them.
I learned young that exercise was good. And just like you, I track my workouts. (and I still think you should enter a 5 K to win the 85 year old age class).
From you, I learned work ethic. I learned that work is rewarding.
You learned a frugality from the depression that rubbed off on me and has served me well. I know I would not have had the success in business had I not had that frugality.
From you I learned a love of camping. I still enjoy the wilderness or just simple hiking.
I know you wanted us to learn some things that you did not feel good in and we did. EG - swimming.
My study of time management was inspired by your naturally tidy, organized and disciplined approach to life. For me, it is not natural so I need to study it.
I learned integrity by watching how you live your life. Your high integrity. Your word is your bond. A handshake beats all the legal paper in the world. I know Glen and I once chatted about how much easier business would be if everyone was like dad.
And I am still learning from you. I appreciate your steadiness.
Thanks dad for everything.
And did not want Josh to feel left out.
And from Josh (my fathers great grandson) I can learn wonder. He is so enthralled with everything the world throws his way. He looks at everything with wonderment.