One of my greatest goals in life is to succeed as a father. It goes way beyond my career aspirations and the accolades that come with it. To me, being a Dad is everything. It’s my opportunity to ensure that my kids are helping to make this world a better place.
I have two teen daughters who I have been mentoring since they were babies. I taught them a life philosophy that grew out of the values I learned from my father. He would always say, ‘never forget where you’re from’ and ‘always give 100% of your heart and soul.’ Never forget where you’re from is about being true to who you are — it’s about being humble and remembering those who are less fortunate than you. Giving 100% of your heart and soul is about committing to go “all in” with everything and surrendering the outcome.
These values have always stuck with me, no matter the challenges I’ve been up against or the mistakes I’ve made. They helped shape my career and made it possible to meet mentors and make friends from all aspects of life.
They also formed the bedrock of the ad agency I created — David&Goliath, where we rally around a very simple word: Brave. Brave gives us permission to own our truth and fearlessly step into our greatness. In business and in life.
This is the same philosophy I teach my kids. Brave has given them permission to live those two values during some of the most challenging times of their lives. They are both wise and Brave beyond their years as a result. But that doesn’t mean they are immune from falling, like all of us. It’s a journey and the key is to embrace failure, learn from your mistakes and move forward with courage and conviction.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve taught them along their journey that will hopefully carry them through to adulthood — lessons as that are equally relevant to any agency:
The values that I instill in our daughters (this doesn’t include my wife’s even greater contributions), has empowered them to achieve some pretty amazing accomplishments.
Not a day goes by that I don’t document their thoughts and heightened awareness. I’m excited to watch them as they continue to contribute to this world. I love who they have become. And that’s worth more than winning any industry award out there.
Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com