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As I grew up, she was my biggest supporter, pushing me to strive further with whatever I’d set my mind to. She was keen to instill a serious work ethic in me from the beginning. There was no loitering around or wasting time. My brother, sister, and I were taught to do our absolute best in everything we pursued, especially if other people were relying on us. Keeping busy was of the utmost importance. She believed that if we consistently worked hard throughout our lives and genuinely cared about what we did, we could move up and accomplish great things. A CELEBRATION OF MY MOTHER My Biggest Supporter, Teacher, and Confidante I really do believe that it was her trust in the value of hard work that led me to become the person I am today. I don’t know how I could have started my first HVAC business without those important lessons she taught me early on. Indirectly, she made me understand that when a friend, family member, or customer depends on you, you help without hesitation. And you do it to the fullest extent of your ability. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t express my appreciation to two of the other most important moms in my life: my wife, Andrea; and my wife’s mom, with whom we live. On Mother’s Day, we like to cook up a nice breakfast at home and enjoy each others’ company, and I make sure they understand just how grateful I am to have them in my life. And though my own mom won’t be able to join us, she’ll certainly be in my thoughts. None of this would be possible without her. “I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS HER TRUST IN THE VALUE OF HARD WORK THAT LED ME TO BECOME THE PERSON I AM TODAY.”
Jim and his mom
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my
own mother, Marion, has been on my mind lately. Though she passed away a few years ago, she’s still a vital part of my life. Like most people, I
owe nearly every ounce of my success to her guidance and encouragement.
My mom was one of the most easygoing, friendly people you would ever have the pleasure of meeting. She had a kind word for virtually everybody, and she had an
uncommon warmth that lifted the spirits of those around her. No matter what, she always made an effort to see the best side of a person. Unsurprisingly, I never really met anyone that she couldn’t get along with. She was great at putting people at ease.
She was just the kind of mom you could always count on, no matter the situation. I remember one night in my late 20s when my buddy and I were out cruising around in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden, my car broke down. Without hesitation, I contacted my mom and she drove out to pick us up. There was never a doubt in my mind that she wouldn’t do everything she could to help me out of whatever pickle I got myself into.
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