Following in My Dad’s Footsteps It has been an interesting few months. Like many businesses, our firm has had to adapt to all the changes the COVID-19 pandemic brought to our community. One of the bigger changes is that our entire staff has been working from home. All I can say is this: Thank goodness for the cloud! Our physical office may be closed, but thanks to technology, we are 100% operational, and we continue to make progress for our clients. We haven’t missed a beat.
In the time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to realize one of the greatest benefits that comes with not going into the office every day is that I get to spend more time with my family. Before I started working from home in March, I couldn’t remember the last time I had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Sara and the kiddos. Now, we’re eating most meals together every day. All of this extra time with the kids has allowed me to focus on becoming the father I really want to be. I have a great example of fatherhood in my own dad. When I was a kid, he always made sure he was present to support me no matter what I was doing; he helped coach my baseball games and would be at most of my practices and tryouts. If I was practicing karate out in the garage, then he would spar with me or help me practice my forms. When I was in the third grade, our soccer coach moved away. Because we had no coach, they were considering splitting up the team. My dad wasn’t about to let that happen. He took over as coach, even though he had no coaching experience and had never even played soccer.
At practice, he would read and organize soccer drills while he had us running laps. We went undefeated that season, mainly because we simply outran all the other teams. I still think that is one of my dad’s proudest accomplishments. As I got older and started my career, my dad was there. He offered me advice on everything from managing relationships with bosses to managing money. When I went through my divorce many years ago, he was there once again. He would stop by the office to see how I was doing and would take me for a drive just to be there for me. My dad was also tough on me, but he kept me on the right path. I try to keep my own kids on the right path, too. Of course, my kiddos are growing up in a very different time than I did, but I can say that no matter what life throws at us, I have the confidence to be the best dad I can be simply because I had the best example of what a dad can be. “All of this extra time with the kids has allowed me to focus on becoming the father I really want to be.”
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