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My dad taught us a lot growing up – not just how to make a budget, but how to work hard and providing for our family. For as long as I can remember, he’s owned a business or has worked on the side earning extra money to support our family. He’s one of the hardest workers I know, and I can see his example working in my own life today.
There’s something powerful about the example you can be to your children, and I know firsthand that the wisdom shared from my dad will shape my career and my personal finances for the rest of my life.
Three things stick out from watching my dad manage his businesses and our family’s finances:
Work hard – especially when others don’t want to.
I remember going to work with him on Saturday mornings at 6:00. While other kids were playing, sleeping in, or watching cartoons, I was making a dollar an hour helping him on the job site cleaning and organizing his tools. He was teaching me a valuable lesson in work – if you are diligent and eager to work, you can advance in what you do and be successful.
Enjoy life – why are you even working?
Though he worked long hours and weekends, he would always remind us to enjoy life. Whether that meant taking a Saturday and going fishing, or getting breakfast with the boys, he would try to take time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. As he’d say, “If you go all your life eating onion sandwiches, you’ll be able to eat onion sandwiches for free when you retire.” What’s that even mean?! It means this: if you go all your life skimping and not rewarding yourself, you might save some money, but you’ll be stuck eating those same rotten onion sandwiches in retirement too. Learn to be wise with you money and enjoy some ‘you’ time as well.
Be generous – never hold back.
My dad would give us kids the world if he could. We weren’t spoiled, but we never went without food or clothes. Sure, times were tough when business was slow, but he was always generous with whatever he could give to us. For that, I’ll always be thankful.
What did you learn from your dad growing up?