Appreciation For My Dad
Each of us has certain people who heavily influence our lives. They are usually incredibly close to us, and in most cases, they’re someone we have known throughout our lives: a parent, sibling, best friend, spouse, or a mentor. Their influence can be felt in nearly everything we do, think, and feel, from how we act to our ideologies about work and our actions while raising our children. My dad is one of the greatest influences on my life and has been one of my primary role models for as long as I can remember.
I’m blessed to have such amazing and loving parents, and my dad really goes above and beyond to show he car es about people. He is a constant reminder of the importance of showing generosity and graciousness to others. It seems like he’s always thinking three or four steps ahead when determining how he can help people. I see this all the time whenever we visit. Before we leave my parents’ house to head back home, my dad grabs our keys and takes our car to the gas station to fill it up for our road trip home. He’s always doing simple things like that, and it inspires me to act in a similar fashion.
He hasn’t solely given me lessons in generosity; both my parents have also greatly encouraged my love for the outdoors. I grew up hiking, camping, and exploring, which became a huge part of my identity. We camped yearly in Yosemite, and I grew to love it so much that I take my kids there every year. In addition to shaping me into who I am today, my dad is responsible for shaping me as a business owner. He was an electrical engineer who designed circuit boards and ran his own business, which taught me it’s possible to start a business and find success. When I was young, I spent hours in the living room helping him stuff mailers, which helped me develop a strong work ethic.
My dad firmly believes in giving his all to every project he starts. He wants to do a good job and takes great pride in his work. He always said that if you were going to do something, you should do it well. That lesson has stuck with me over the years, and I’m ensuring my kids learn it, too. These values of pride, dedication, and a strong work ethic are a part of who I am and play a vital role in my business. I want to lead a business I can be proud of and know we’re doing everything in our power to help our clients.
Of the many lessons my dad taught me, the one that stands out the most, is the importance of sticking to your word because your word is your bond. It’s how I live my life and run my practice. If I say I’m going to do something, I will do it.
My father is an incredibly influential person and a big reason I’m the way I am. I’m so thankful for him and all the lessons he taught me over the years.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!