Remembering Simple Things on Father’s Day

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Everyone has role models in life.  I have many that I look to learn from and appreciate life with.  Life has plenty of challenges and rolling through them with a good group of trusted allies is certainly easier and more enjoyable.

For me, My Dad has always been my mentor.  Actually, Mentor is not an appropriate title.

I think of my dad as My Best Man.

Although he is always on my mind, Father’s day I think about some of the simple ways he’s shaped my life.  There are a ton.

Any time somebody calls me “Old School,” I can’t help but smile and think of my dad.  It seems to happen more and more each day.

The Simple Things I Credit To My Best Man

Business Philosophy & Mantra’s
  • Just Get it Done!  No BS, no excuses.  Focus on what’s important.
  • Make Money!  Performance is about the bottom line.  What are you doing to add to it?
  • It’s all about the people.  They are human, quirky.  Understand that.
  • Don’t wait until the end of the month to understand your business.  That’s what everyone else does.   It’s a daily grind.  Do it daily.  No exceptions.
  • Hard work gets you in the game.  Performance keeps you there.
Routines Matter
  • Hustle Mandatory.  Hard work does not take weeks off.  Saturday “catch – up” won’t kill you.
Staying Fit
  • Run every week.  6 miles.  Flat out sprint the last 50 yards.  Every time.  Same Route.
  • Weight lifting.  Curls & bench presses (but skip the bad form/excessive weight).
  • Finish your weight lifting with the heavy bag.  7 jabs, then a combination.  7 jabs combo.
  • Pull-ups, every night until failure.  No set number, just failure.
Other Quirky little things
  • Shine the shoes on Sunday Nights.  It sets the tone for a week ahead.
  • Check competitor’s prices every Sunday.  Only need 15 items to gauge if you are in line or not.  Write it down on a flash card.  Grab a loaf of Italian bread while you’re at it.  Because Sunday is family pasta day.
  • Playing Baseball with me – Dad throwing batting practice with me was always challenging.  I wouldn’t call it fun.  He had an odd habit.  He thought he was a knuckleball pitcher.  It was a pretty good one.  When it wouldn’t hit my ankles, which was 75% of the time.  He laughed every time.  I didn’t, but do now.
  • Don’t take yourself or others too seriously.  Be a ball breaker.  It keeps things light.  This gets me in trouble down South.
Maybe most important?

My Dad worked in the cut-throat/ultra-competitive Food Retailing scene of the NY/NJ market place, as a merchandising executive.  The food business has little margin for error, days are long, and he was accountable for the results of a very large business.  To say this could be stressful is an understatement.  I went to the office with on many occasions and got to witness the flow of people in his office, the energy and vibe.  It was nothing sort of exciting.

I still marvel at his career and how humble and classy he carried himself.

The Simplest & Most Important?

When I was far from home, living in Boston while attending Northeastern University I had frequent bouts of homesickness.  Every time I was home sick I’d call my dad in his office.  I would always hesitate, knowing how hectic his world was.  But when he answered the phone, the excitement in his voice and energy level always picked me up.  We’d chat, whether 5 minutes or a half hour and every single time, home sickness turned into energy.  Every time.

If you have a go too person in life that you can talk too when you’re feeling down, and 100% of the time feel better when you are done, consider yourself lucky.  I sure do.

Happy Father’s Day!

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