It's hard to believe it's the second week of June and it's already Father's Day. It's harder to believe that I'm 41 years old, and my kids are 13, 11 and 8.
When I think about being a father, I think about two things: One, raising children who are polite and can compete in the world they will live in as adults; and two, being able to provide for them. My son is leaving Sunday for a travel baseball tournament in South Carolina, and my daughter is leaving Monday for four weeks at a sleep away camp. I'm going to miss them both, and at the same time, I'm proud I can afford to pay for both of these extravagancies. Going to camp and playing on a travel baseball team aren't "rights," they are privileges which cost money.
Being focused on my career has allowed me to provide for my family. I don't really know or understand "work life balance"...what I do understand is that it is very hard to be successful at anything without giving it 100 percent, and I don't think it's possible to give everything 100
percent...it just isn't.
So I have focused on my career and being able to provide for my family. By achieving a certain level of success after almost 20 years, I can look at my kids and realize that between their mom and I, we have partially raised (we still have to get them through high school) three great kids who are learning what hard work and responsibility is all about. While I may not make every game and do every homework assignment with them, they know that my work ethic is unquestioned and I succeed at my job (usually).
There is something magical when your kids acknowledge how hard you work and why you do it. They listen and retain so much more than we give them credit for.
So as Father's Day approaches, I hope my kids continue to realize that with a great worth ethic and dedication...you can achieve success and provide for those you love. I work because I get a great sense of accomplishment from what I do every day, and I am fortunate that I love what I do. So Father's Day for me is a sense of achievement in many different ways, and knowing that I can only do what I think is best and hoping the results will follow. So far, so good.