Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Setting Examples

As part of our ongoing conversation regarding my role as a father I have told you that I am here to share what I have learned with you. I think of one of the most important things that I can teach you is the responsibility that we all carry in setting the right example for those around us. Everything that we do is seen by others. We would be wise to remember that little tidbit as someone is always watching, and probably recording it as well. The words we use, the things we do, and the way we carry ourselves will be seen by others. Live life understanding that your friends, your younger cousins, teachers, parents, and strangers will be watching. 

I do not want you to be afraid of someone seen anything or feeling overwhelmed by that reality. No. I want you to rise to the challenge and set the example. I want you to be a leader and blaze a trail that others will follow. Be brave, be smart, be yourself, and let the world see how to live life. It is something that I try my hardest to live up to as well. I hope that you see in me a man that is loving and caring, loves to learn, who strives to get better every day, that wants to see those around him succeed. That is the example that I want to set. I want you to see the trail that I have blazed and go farther than I ever thought possible. 

I do my best to set an example worthy of your eyes in the hopes that you learn from me, that you find inspiration, and that ultimately you do better than I did. Set the bar higher as there are no limits to the things that you can accomplish. Consider what you see me do as the starting line to what you can do. Build upon this foundation so that you can live out your dreams. This morning you told me what you want to do when you grow up, where you would like to work before starting your own company. At your age you are already poised to do better than your old man. I am proud and happy about that.