My Fathers Day tribute
There are a lot of fantastic dads out there, but I reckon I’ve got the best one. Everyone agrees he’s awesome. My mates would happily hang out with him even when I’m not around, and I love that. He can be infuriating (right mum?!), but nothing is too much trouble and everything is always 'on great form'.
He didn’t know much about what I did when I was in advertising, and knows even less now that I’m a career coach I think. But that doesn’t matter. He’s my number one fan. I know he reads all my writing and no matter what I do or what I say, I know, for a fact, my dad will be there to support me. (He might throw some caveats in there, but he knows I’m right ;)
Making him (and my mum) proud is one of the most important drivers in my life.
What are yours? Do you have a one-liner for your personal pep talks?
The surname helped, but I still to this day hear my Dad saying to me ‘You can do anything. You’re a Savage’
It’s my personality that makes that line work on me, I know. But it does, always has and I’m going with it.
Did he know that? Probably not when he started using it. I think he uses it on himself. But it doesn’t work on my brother for example. He’s an entrepreneur too and has been running his own business a lot longer than me, but he motivates himself. He doesn’t need external drivers.
Personally, I like a challenge.
My dad was in credit insurance for much of his career, and he loved his job. He always enjoyed going to work. I never believed that you could actually enjoy your job every day, I thought he was just saying that because he was so bloody upbeat all the time. And he couldn’t understand how much I hated my job on certain days. Part of it feels to me that he liked being an expert, having a team around him. He’s definitely an extrovert. And that worked for him.
It wasn’t until recently that I realised what a big thing that was in my life. What if mum and dad had hated their jobs? What if they’d had to do them, or didn’t know how to get out and stayed.
He (and my mum) have always led by example and given us the freedom to work things out for ourselves.
Dad just wants us to be happy, but being happy and successful would be a bonus ;)
I want to be able to be a role model like that to my little boy.
Dad's a boy-done-good story in himself. He gave us more of a head start in life than he had. I want to do the same again for my son.
I want my son to be proud of me and his dad.
This is what drives me. He sees what we’re doing. He sees that we’re running our own businesses. That we both want to be successful in what we do. That we work hard. That I want to be ‘making a difference’ in my personal and business life. That exercise works. (We’re working on the healthy eating). And he sees (now) that we both are doing work that we love, and why.
Who do you want your son or daughter to be when they grow up? Are you leading by that example now?
What better way to set an example than to create a life you love, and let your kids see you living it?
As my dad would say “Job Done”
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