Fathers Day — Legacy Day
Today is my third Father’s Day on the planet earth. My son is 2 1/2 years old. Coincidentally, maybe, more ironically, my business is also 2 1/2 years old.
What my son and my business both represent are the ultimate freedom, ultimate dream, ultimate expression of soul and spirit that a person can give to the earth. Nothing says that I want to contribute beautifully to the place I live more than populating it both in beings and with product and services. I want to give everything to my son. And the way I give everything to my son is by giving everything to my business.
Really, business ownership and parenting are two sides of the same coin.
I want to put great things into my son so that he knows how to act and be a productive citizen. At the same time, I want to make a business that hires people, does great work for a community, and shows individuals how they can prosper if they just have the right mentality and attitude. Really, business ownership and parenting are two sides of the same coin.
Reflected in this reality is the fact that both business and people run the world. You can’t have one without the other in today’s society. However, most people are putting in more effort for one. They contribute everything to their family but neglect giving everything to their work to become exceptional.
However, people don’t seem to realize that the greatest thing that they can give to their family is the byproduct of their legacy.
Society works very hard to make sure that they’re there for their family. Hint, the growing conversation, “how do I have a work life balance?” However, people don’t seem to realize that the greatest thing that they can give to their family is the byproduct of their legacy. Retirement checks are not and never will be enough.
You must give the people you care about the most something that is birthed, created, and structured out of your mind, spirit, body, and soul.
You can leave great reputation and character, great business, great investments, and great art to your people. That’s where it stops. That is the leverage point.
So if you’re working really hard and not giving all your effort into a job or production that is going to leave a whole bunch of leverage for your people, what is the point?
We want to give as much time as possible to people as we do to the things that we create. Because once it’s all said and done the best thing that we will be able to leave behind for our offspring or spouses is something that lives and breathes on its own.
And that is the same thing today, as it was yesterday,and as it will be tomorrow… a business.
As a parent or future parent, consider that maybe the best thing you can do as a parent, outside of growing and nurturing your child, is growing and nurturing a business for your child to leverage in the future and to learn from.