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.
Hustle Mandatory. Hard work does not take weeks off. Saturday “catch – up” won’t kill you.
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!