I guess you could say that entrepreneurship runs in the family. My dad was an entrepreneur and I, therefore, grew up in his business in many ways. As a child I spent time "helping" at his store, participating in inventory, traveling to trade association conventions, meeting associates, listening to business and motivational tapes on car rides, listening to dad rehearse speeches over and over, and wondering why he was always in the his home office after dinner every night, but now I understand.
Many years later, as I start down my own path of entrepreneurship I reflect on those things from the past. My dad did what he could to run his business, support our family, and be home for use when he could. It's because of him that so many things in my life have been possible.
So this past week I have been in reading mode, especially on business topics, and it made me think of Dad. "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People" were always on the shelf and many times he encouraged me to read them knowing they would help me in many areas of my life.
Thank you Dad! For everything you've done, for always encouraging me, for your honesty (even when I didn't always want to listen), and for setting an example for me of how to create a business while balancing a family. Some days I look at my business and don't know how you ever found the time for the vacations that fill my memories but you give me something to look forward to in the future.