Today was a very special day! We had a big party to celebrate the release of my new children’s book “Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing,” and one of the “stars” of the book, my Dad, was there to share it with me! It was the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day…one day early.
As I pondered how blessed I am that my Dad is still around to enjoy this moment with me, I couldn’t help thinking about how being his daughter has molded my life to be what it is today. So in honor of Father’s Day I want to share just a few of the things that my father has taught me that have had the biggest influence on my life.
My father is the embodiment of a “self made man.” He grew up in a small town in Utah with very little money and little more than a high school education. And yet, through HARD WORK he built a very successful electrical contracting business in Southern California. My Dad taught me to work hard and always give whatever I was doing my best effort. That way no matter how things turned out I would know I did all that I could and wouldn’t have to have any regrets. This has been such an important lesson and guiding philosophy in my life.
Believe in Yourself
My father (and my mother) were two of the best cheerleaders a girl could ever have asked for. Growing up under their influence I truly believed that if I wanted to be President of the United States, or fly to the moon, I could! Nothing was impossible. You just needed to believe in yourself and then set your mind to it, because anything you set your mind to, you could achieve. I believed it then, and I still believe it now.
My father grew up with very little in the way of material things….and then became a man of rather considerable means. But through all the ups and downs, he has always remained humble and thankful. Even when life has thrown our family challenges, even tragedies, he has always demonstrated a grateful attitude for what he has been given. He has taught me that life doesn’t “owe” me anything, but that if I work hard it will pay off and to always be grateful for what it brings.
All of my father’s hard work, and all of his success in business had one motivating purpose….his family. Everything he did and does was with the well-being of his wife and kids in mind. This has been another powerful example and motivator in my life as well because any success I achieve is made that much more gratifying when I get to share it with my family.
Do Good Things
And finally, at the risk of sounding like a commercial for my new book, my father really DID teach me to do “good things.” Actually both my mother AND my father taught me this principle both in word and in deed. Growing up I always saw them do good things without fanfare or hype. Their example was my greatest teacher. And now, as a parent myself, I can only hope to do a portion of the same for my children.
That is why “Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing” is so important to me. It has been a labor of love from the very start. Beginning with the inspiration of my nephew and business partner Scott, to the beautiful story-telling and illustrations of Samantha Hollister, this book embodies the best of what my father has taught me. That by doing “good things” we can make our biggest influence on the world. For that knowledge I will be forever grateful and forever indebted. A debt I will continue to work on repaying…one good thing at a time.
Happy Father’s Day Dad!
In honor of Father’s Day….please share what wisdom your dad has shared with you?