This past weekend I held my Rainmaker Alchemist summit. Adam Kreitman from St. Louis introduced himself. I knew Adam from his story of finding my Google book, engineering a business turnaround, then becoming a PPC consultant.
He’s been independent now for 5 years. On Sunday afternoon he told me a surprising story:
“Do you remember your ritual of writing ONE positive thing in a little notebook, every single day?”
“Sure,” I said. I wrote about that several times.
“I’m terribly inconsistent at doing it,” he confessed. But for my daughter’s 9 year old birthday, I gave her a little black notebook. I told her to write down one thing she’s thankful for every single day.
“And you know what? Ever since, she’s been faithfully doing that, EVERY day. Without fail. She says it’s the best gift we’ve ever given her, by far!”
The expression on his face was a blend of joy, and unguarded, ‘I’ve got a super-soft-spot for my little girl” vulnerability.
“Hopefully,” he says, suddenly grinning ear to ear, “We’re making a few deposits that’ll come in real handy when she’s a teenager.”
A lot of people knock business. Cuz it takes you away FROM your family, etc etc. ‘Nobody ever says I wish I spent more hours at the office’ etc etc. But people don’t give entrepreneurs enough credit for how much they contribute TO their family:
Does it help your kids when you’re NOT staring vacantly into the TV every night?
Does it help your kids when your whole orientation is conquering challenges?
Does it help your kids when you’re passionately devoted to personal improvement?
Does it help your kids when you do what you do because of your choices, instead of The Man jerking your chain?
Does it help your kids when other people rely on you and respect you for your accomplishments?
I think so.
Seize the day,
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