My Wish For You…

Guys, you know how much I love inspiration and motivational literature, videos and trainings. Well, this My Wish For You is one of those videos I wanted to share with you and I hope you’ll share it with others as well.

Always feel good about yourself, others, what you’re trying to accomplish in this life, and how you can make a difference whether it large or small if you’ll only believe…

Try making it a daily practice to take a couple of minutes and ask the universe how you can be a blessing to someone’s life.

It will change you, the person you’re blessing and the entire world will be a more peaceful place.

This short video is my wish for you today and everyday…


May you always be Blessed…
Love you guys!

Leave a comment on how this touched you…

Top 7 Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

You will find loads of texts online that teach us how to create a successful company and create the best products, but nothing beats listening to people who have been there and done that. In this article, you will see videos of interviews mostly where successful founders of Internet companies will talk about their achievements.

Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

1. Aaron Patzer, Founder of Mint.com

Aaron talks about how he came across the idea for Mint.com and his journey. If you are a geeky entrepreneur, this will hold appeal for you. Aaron emphasizes on the fact that sometimes it is good to listen to that tiny inner feeling, the special feeling that marketing and sales feeling often have regarding any merchandise. The most important thing is to follow the hunch, like Aaron does.

2. Kevin Rose, Founder of Digg.com

The number one news media source, Digg.com, was founded by Kevin and in this video; he talks about how he took Digg.com from a site with just one member to one million users. Kevin tells entrepreneurs that you cannot predict all the time how a particular service or product will help a person or not. Instead, sometimes you just have to release something and see what the users make of it. It’s what Kevin did with Digg.com. Another important strategy is to involve the users in the growth and expansion of the site.

3. Matt Coffin, Founder of LowerMyBills.com

LowerMyBill.com is one of the first online lead generation companies established by Matt Coffin. In this interview, Jason asks Matt about his approach towards arbitrage, venture capital and customer acquisition. He talks about the importance of customer service and how to establish a firm foothold online.

4. Andrew Mason, Founder of Groupon.com

Who would have thought that Andrew would create a successful online business in modern history with the help of an email newsletter? It is true because Andrew, the hilarious entrepreneur, with his unique approach towards experimentation and work, led him to start Groupon.com. As is the trend with online businesses these days, Andrew strongly focuses on customer centric innovation. Watch the interview with Charlie Rose to know about his opinion on building customer centric business.

5. David McClure, Founder of VentureCapital.com

In this 45 minute long interview with Mark Suster, McClure, the founder of VentureCapital.com talks about his approach towards marketing and venture capitalist network. He focuses on the role of venture capital in the future and how entrepreneurs can start into this industry. He also talks about the importance of startups and its three important features – data, distribution and design.

6. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Authored by Dan Pink

In this interview conducted by John Milewski on Dialogue, we see Dank Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, discussing the issue of marketing ourselves to prospective consumers and our motivation behind it. Dan Pink says that everything we do is for receiving certain rewards at the end of the task but what happens when we do not receive the desired results from our work? Watch this video and learn about how the gap between how businesses actually function and what science teaches us that can be remedied.

7. The Social Business Model, by Muhammad Yunus

Running one of the most socially responsible banks in the world, Grameen Bank, Yunus, the economist from Bangladesh, works towards providing small loans to entrepreneurs with no collateral and helps them to become independent. He is also a member of the Foundation’s Board Of Directors in the UN. In this video, he talks about how he created this business model with the intention to make other people independent. He says that 21st century businesses should focus more on developing socially responsible business rather than focus on business profits alone. He questions: “Should we leave everything to the decisions of the profit maximizers, so that their benefit is what decides the world?” What would you say?

Conclusion

There are no fixed rules and regulations to learn in businesses. While some go by a hunch, some come prepared. History shows that those people become successful as entrepreneurs who can think out of the box and bring something new for people.

Top 10 Successful Entrepreneur Stories

There are several young people who are in search of the secrets behind great successful entrepreneurs. They want to follow the footsteps of those people who are shining in the industries with millions of dollars as their bank balance.

Successful Entrepreneur StoriesSome of them are inspired by their own father and continue with their father’s business. Mukesh Ambani is one such successful business man. It is great to join the family business and there have been plenty of such successful business stories.

Bill Gates is the person who comes to a person’s mind who wants to take up the career as an entrepreneur and wants to be successful and rich like him.

However, there are several entrepreneurs who have been successful in their life. What is their secret of success?

Top 10 Successful Entrepreneur Stories

In this blog post, here are a few selected successful entrepreneurs stories:

1. Walt Disney

Disney, a well-known brand recognized by several people from children to elder’s around the world. It was started in Chicago in 1901 by Walt Disney. He started his career by working as an advertising cartoonist in Kansas City, Missouri.

Later, Walt joined his brother, Roy in his business. The two brothers started a studio with borrowed money and made a rabbit cartoon character named Oswald. When the Disney brothers did not get the expected raise, they stopped drawing this character in 1928.

It was at this time that the famous Mickey Mouse cartoon was born. Disney started becoming so popular with the use of new technology for his films.

This helped him in bagging his first Academy Award for the short animated ‘Flowers and Trees’ in the year 1932. Later, Donald Duck, Goofy and many more well known characters were introduced to the world.

Disney also released his first lengthy animated film, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ in 1937. He used Technicolor for which he had to shell out around $1.5 million for the production of this movie.

He then produced several other animated movies. In 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club was released as a TV series which is still fondly remembered by that generation of TV viewers.


2. Bill Gates

Gates was the CEO of the Microsoft Company and presently he is the chairman of this software company, which was founded along with Paul Allen.

Gates holds 6.4 percent as an individual…the largest shareholder. He has been consistently termed as the world’s wealthiest person between the years 1995 and 2009 except in the year 2008 when he fell on to the third position.

While he was in Harvard, he co-wrote Altair BASIC which could have been the first stepping stone to success.

Bill Gates is also an author and the co-author of several books. He has been an inspiration for many budding and successful entrepreneurs around the world.


3. Warren Buffett

This is the lucky person who was able to grab the throne of Bill Gates in 2008 by becoming the world’s richest man with a net personal wealth of $62 billion.

Buffett’s started his entrepreneur life when he was only an 11 year old boy, buying his first shares. He then invested some money in his father’s business when he was still in school. He earned more than $90,000 by the time he was done with his college education.

Warren Buffett, who started his business life as an American investor at his very young age, grew into a successful industrialist and philanthropist.


4. Jeff Bezos

Bezos is the founder of the Amazon.com in 1994. He became the Chairman and CEO of this company. Amazon Company helped him in becoming one of the most popular dot-com entrepreneurs which made him a billionaire.

The interesting and unbelievable part is that he had initially set up this company in his garage. He was earning around $81,840 as the CEO of Amazon.com in the year 2010. Twenty percent of the Amazon’s shares belong to him.

Bezos also founded the Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company. In 1999, he was awarded and recognized as the Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year.’ Presently, his net personal wealth is around $18.1 billion.


5. Henry Ford

He is the founder of the Ford Motor Company and also sponsored the assembly line building between the years 1908 and 1915.

Henry Ford has been termed as ‘Fordism’ when he introduced high wages for Ford workers and also developed a mass production of goods that are inexpensive for the middle class users.

Henry Ford was the first person to introduce an affordable car with Ford Model T, which became the world’s most popular car of the 20th century. The subsidiaries of the Ford Motor Company were set up in several other countries which sold Ford cars and trucks.


6. Mukesh Ambani

He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. This company is noted as India’s largest Private Sector Company that has been listed in the Fortune 500 magazine.

Mukesh Ambani was chosen as the ninth richest man in the world and the second richest one in Asia. His current personal wealth is at US$27 billion.

He has been receiving several honors and awards from different organizations of different countries between the years 2004 and 2010. He has been ranked as the fifth best CEO in the world among the other fifty global CEO’s by Harvard Business Review.


7. Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin

The two of them are American computer scientists and Internet entrepreneurs. They together founded the popular search engine, Google, used by millions of Internet users. Since then, they have become the most well known Internet entrepreneurs and an inspiration for many young Internet users.

Lawrence became the CEO of Google in January 2011. His current personal wealth is around at $16.7 billion. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of the Google brand also owns personal wealth which is estimated to be the same amount as Page’s.

Brin has been often referred to as the ‘Enlightenment Man’ by The Economist magazine.


8. Mark Zuckerberg

He is a well-known Internet entrepreneur who inspired millions of people around the world with his co-creation of Facebook along with friends and classmates at Harvard University. He became the CEO and the co-founder of this popular social site.

Facebook is the social networking site that started as a private company in the year 2004. In August 2008, the active users of Facebook were around 100 million and as of September 2011 the active users have been increased to 800 million.

Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest billionaire around 2008. He has been awarded as the Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2010.  Presently, his net wealth is reaching $17.5 million.


9. Farrhad Acidwalla

Farrhad is a young Indian boy who started his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 12 in 2005. He created an aviation website that brought him immediate fame and success. In 2009, he became the founder of a company called Rockstah Media which was noted by media and covered his successful business life in several business magazines and newspapers.

Farrhad became one of the world’s top 25 young entrepreneurs at the age of 17. He was invited to give seminars on entrepreneurship and his experiences as a young businessman at several colleges.


10. Adora Svitak

She was recognized as a writer at the age of 6 and gradually became popular with several books authored by her. She wrote the book ‘Flying Fingers’ in which she tells her love for writing and also has given tips for the budding writers.

When Adora was 7 years old, she started writing for blogs and commented on online journals discussing several subjects that are of personal and international interests. At this young age, she also kept promoting the development of literacy.

When she reached the age 9, she started writing a very lengthy novel, Yang in Disguise. Her present work is her second book named Dancing Fingers. In this book, her elder sister Adrianna helped her in writing.

In 2010, Adora spread awareness about creativity in learning and writing in TED Conference and also to the students and teachers in the Full Sail University.


Conclusion

These are the successful entrepreneurs stories that can inspire anyone irrespective of one’s age. They really inspire many budding entrepreneurs.

People desiring to become an entrepreneur should read the stories of successful entrepreneurs who have developed popularity and wealth within a short time.

If you can dream it, so you too can live it…

Making a Difference…A Two-Sided Gift

If you’ve been tuned into any of the news these past couple of weeks and months, it’s nothing short of discouraging and a somber reminder of what the entire world is becoming…and it’s not pretty.

Making a DifferenceSome days I get so fed-up and emotional that I really should just throw the damn TV and radio out the window and forget about it.

But, I don’t. In a way it inspires me of what NOT to act like and too be a little bit kinder to those around me.

When I get to the point of joining in with the chaotic masses, I look for or read something uplifting to change my attitude.

This short Make a Difference video you’ll find below is one of those inspiring and revealing clips that reminds me of the “good” in the world that we don’t see or hear about too often anymore.

The media feeds us double – sometimes triple doses of garbage that litter our minds, however, that seems to be what most people can’t get enough of these days. The drama – the twisted stories of high profile people and all the pathetic reality shows…like we don’t have enough reality already. Getting a peak into other people’s disturbing lives somehow makes ours not seem so bad? Is that what it is?

Why don’t we want to gravitate to the positive acts of others…you know, the “good things.” Compassion – kindness – encouragement – love – understanding and patience.

Hopefully after viewing this video, “Make a Difference” you too will be reminded of how our actions can actually shape other people’s lives for the better using the above qualities.

In this video, how one teacher’s perception of a child turned into a lifetime of thanks and appreciation, while on the flip side, how one child’s traumatic experience taught his teacher the most important lesson ever…

The relationship these two people formed throughout their lives will definitely remind you of all that is good in our world. Let’s strive to keep it that way.

This is very moving…and it’s a true story.

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Anyway, back to this inspiring video.

The Shoes Your Wearing Don’t Make the Man

In my younger days, I spent a lot of time in my room listening to music. Partly because I loved it so much but probably more important (looking back) it was an escape from being sick all the time.

The Shoes Your WearingI couldn’t always do the things that most kids were doing so I would put on my headphones, drift away and dream…

But one thing I realized; music, like laughter, can really cure many things. You can lose yourself in the words, adapting them to your life and current state of mind.

Some people like country – opera – hard rock – christian or rap, however, it doesn’t matter what your choice is. You can relate to the words – the tempo or both…but music can change your attitude, the way you see things or sometimes have a lesson you submerse yourself into that can even be a life changing event.

I have solved many of my problems listening to music since I can remember. Too me, it’s as if it was a spiritual kind of thing for lack of a better phrase.

I took many song’s words and adapted them to how I was feeling at that instant…

So what does this have to do with business?

Well, sometimes your first impression of someone is the point I want to bring home…

I knew of a guy who whenever I seen him was wearing a dirty – ripped up old t-shirt, jeans and gym shoes that looked like he had worn for many years. Too me, he was just an “average” man, working very hard for a living trying to make ends meet.

Until one day…I asked him where he was employed. My first impression was that he worked in a factory doing manual labor, working his tail off…

Yes, he did work in a so called factory. However, it was his. He owned it. This man with the ripped up – dirty shirt was actually a millionaire, doing what he loved creating wooden products from planters to a variety of wall decor.

You’d never know he was loaded…

I guess my point here is that when you meet someone for the first time, you just never know. The guy in the 3-piece suit could be in debt up to his ears, although the way he’s dressed screams money, while the dirty – jean wearing guy could have more money than you ever would dream possible.

Let’s now bring this post back to the music and lessons we can all learn;

Clint Black’s music video, “The Shoes You’re Wearing,” depicts the sentiment of what I’m posting…

The shoes you’re wearing, don’t make the man.

Just remember these words the next time someone approaches you in business offering you an opportunity. It honestly doesn’t matter what shoes he’s wearing…it’s the value of what he’s all about.

Don’t be quick to judge a man by the way he’s dressed…you might just miss that golden opportunity someday by doing so.

Recommendation: Listen to music when you can, really comprehending the words of the songs. There are hidden life lessons embedded that we can all learn from both personally and professionally.

“Keep your eyes opened – keep your mind free – there’s no telling what kind of man you can be…”

Enjoy!

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Life’s Little Irritations…

Hello Income Insider’s readers!

Today I want to share a quick – personal story with you all about a little irritation I can’t seem to move passed…(I know, silly…)

Lifes Little IrritationsAnyway, I have an 11 year old neighbor boy who really has been through the ringer since his short life on this earth.

I won’t go into the details, but trust me on this one.

He’s an only child and let’s just say he doesn’t have much.

My husband and I have helped him from time to time with money – food – clothes, etc..

He came riding up our drive this past week on his bike which had no back tire and the actual metal was cracked in half. I couldn’t believe he could safely ride that thing on the street.

In a panic, he told me he needed $50.00 for a new bike he saw at a nearby store. Mind you – he didn’t ask…he told me that’s what he needed.

I proceeded to tell him I didn’t have that kind of money laying around just to give away to him. Well, he started to cry a bit.

One major detail:

This kid knows everything about everything and he can do anything better than anyone else…you know, a snot nose in my opinion. Believe me, we’ve had our moments.

So I got to thinking; Okay. To an 11 year old boy, your bike is everything. So I made him a deal…

I told him if he’d do some odd jobs around my house, work for the money, I would buy him that bike.

It felt good to me to be able not only to give him something he desperately wanted, but I was teaching him if you want something…it doesn’t come free.

It was a deal but he said the store only had one bike. I figured at $50 it wouldn’t last long.

It was supposed to be a beautiful weekend so I thought I’d just go purchase the bike and surprise him on Saturday with it for him to ride. I was so excited, feeling like I was making a difference in his life…

He came over after school that next day, ready to work. We started talking about the bike – the color – the make…guess what? It wasn’t the bike he had seen.

I was devastated. However, the bike I bought was really cool. I thought for sure for a kid who didn’t have much, he would absolutely love it. Any kid would.

Feeling like I should show him before he started to work, I uncovered it in the garage for him to see.

His reaction?

He started to cry and told me that was not the bike he wanted. AND…this one was junk!

My heart fell to my feet…at first. Then, I got pissed.

I was trying to tell him that sometimes in life you have to work your way up…right or wrong, that’s what I was taught. I was also taught to say thank you and appreciate things people do or give you.

But I didn’t get either one. In fact, he rode off on his dilapidated bike like it was my fault I didn’t get to the store sooner…

I didn’t see him at all that weekend…

Tuesday he shows up at my door wanting to work for a different bike he had seen. Let me say we had a very – different – short conversation…

He proceeded to tell me as he was leaving that “staring at a computer screen all day isn’t work”…nothing like manual work like he does.

Talk about high blood pressure! At that point, all I could do was tell him to leave…

I guess the moral of this story is that there are times in our lives when we choose to get involved in other people’s lives not knowing what the impact will be if any.

I hope years from now he will look back on this with a different set of eyes, realizing what a snot he really was.

Also, for parents; Do your kids a favor and teach them the value of appreciation and gratitude. Start young until they learn it and live it. They will carry that virtue throughout their lives both personally and professionally…

Not everyone is kind-hearted, but for those of us who are, we might think twice the next time…I know I already have. However, I will still pray for him that he learns a few of life’s lessons before it’s too late.

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The Sound of Success: Inspiration to Help You Stick With It

Sometimes the fruits of our labor don’t drop as soon as we’d like, and then when they do drop, it’s in the last place we’d expect. In times like these it is all we can do to just persist and keep doing the best we can. But how are we supposed to continue on without any sign of progress or reward?

inspirational storiesWe’ve all been in a situation that tried our patience, whether it is at work, where you’re just not getting that raise you know you deserve; or at home, where you just aren’t losing the weight you desperately want to.

Staying the course can be difficult, and in these situations a little inspiration goes a long way.

If you are in need of that little bit of inspiration, the following story should be music to your ears.


A sixth grade boy, Jared, showed up on my doorstep for piano lessons. His mother dropped him off without coming inside or introducing herself, so I was left alone with the boy, who sat politely on my piano bench awaiting instruction.

I tried to explain to Jared that I usually did not teach boys as old as him, mostly because they were too rambunctious and resistant to learning. Jared only smiled at me and promised to be on his best behavior, excitedly telling me that he was determined to learn to play for his mother, who dreamed of hearing him play some day.

His willingness and charm convinced me that he would be a moldable student, but his native talent did not match his enthusiasm. In fact, he seemed to have been born with no understanding of tone or rhythm, the two basic building blocks of music.

Normally I would have discouraged a student like this—piano just isn’t for everyone—but I could tell right away that nothing could suppress his zeal. That, and I never met his mother.

I taught Jared for over three months, and never once got the opportunity to speak with his mother. If I had, I probably would have tried to discuss the matter with her.

To my surprise (and I must admit, to my relief) Jared didn’t show up one afternoon, and then never returned. I felt a little guilty about feeling the way I did, but at that point I felt like all my efforts were not getting Jared any closer to his dream.

A few weeks passed and still no word from Jared; but there was a recital coming up, and I thought it would have been insensitive to not at least send him a flyer along with all my other students. A day after I sent out the invitations I got a call from Jared (which surprised me, for obvious reasons) saying that he would be there.

Jared persisted and I caved, against my better judgment. Something inside told me that it would be ok, and I uncharacteristically listened.

The recital went splendidly. All of my students played their pieces flawlessly, and the auditorium was packed.

Then it was Jared’s turn.

In all the hubbub, I hadn’t caught a glimpse of his mother, but assumed she was in the crowd somewhere.

I will admit that when Jared took his seat at the bench, I was a little more than apprehensive. He lightly placed his fingers on the keys, and when he started playing …
It was outstanding!

In all our time together, Jared had never showed this incredible talent that now was impressing both the audience and me. When he concluded his piece, the audience roared with applause and I couldn’t help but run and hug Jared.

On stage, I asked Jared where his mother was, and his response devastated me.

“My mother died of cancer this morning, and even though she was born deaf,
I knew she could hear me tonight. She finally got to hear me perform!”

It was at that moment that I realized the true meaning of persistence, and was so glad I hadn’t given up on Jared.

Even more so, however, I realized how much Jared had taught me. He never gave up, even when his mother was too sick to bring him to practice, and in the end, his hard work paid off.

It was music to my ears.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges and She loves receiving reader feedback.

Shake It Off and Step Up

If you feel sometimes that the adversities of life are getting the best of you, this short story will change all of that.

Shake It Off and Step UpIf you choose to think negatively by panicking – becoming bitter or letting your self pity swallow you whole, well chances are, the decisions you make in life and business become that much more difficult for a successful outcome.

Now on the other hand, if you choose to “Shake It Off and Step Up” your results will be very different…

One thing I know for certain is that all entrepreneurs face many challenges on a daily basis. Doesn’t matter if you’re just starting too get your feet wet or you’ve been around the block many times.

Sadly, many entrepreneurs call it quits after an uncomfortable challenge strikes. Lots of excuses are made – the blame game starts or they just don’t think life’s fair for them…

Now what if they would of decided to “Shake It Off and Step Up” instead???

If you find yourself in a similar situation…don’t quit. Reflect back to this parable and move it forward.

Read this short old farmer’s parable that will give you a little – innocent insight on how to change your circumstances when life’s adversities rear their ugly head…

Shake It Off And Step Up

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back…HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.

“Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity…THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US! Remember that FORGIVENESS–FAITH–PRAYER– PRAISE and HOPE…all are excellent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

– Author Unknown

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This is great…

Real quick guys…I seen this and thought it was too cute.

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Sometimes you just have to stop and share something like this to put a smile on your face…

Leave a comment below if you did smile…

Fathers Day and Daughters…

I wanted to write this post for Fathers Day, 2011 . . . the first Fathers Day without my Dad because I’m absolutely sure that there are daughters all around the globe missing theirs also . . . whether it’s the first or 31st one without them . . . it just doesn’t matter. They are missed and loved each and every day that goes by . . .

Fathers DaySince I lost my dad just a few short months ago, these are things I like to think about that “My Dad, the “Greatest Dad Ever ” taught me . . .

No matter what I did, good or bad, he never wavered.

He never raised his voice to me although the stern – firm – look was all that was needed to straighten me up very quickly.

He was always there when I needed him the most and even when I didn’t.

He taught me morals and values and taught me right from wrong, good from evil.

He was a great provider – never wanting for anything.

He’d show me his Korean War pictures at my request and answered my curious questions and told stories about that far away land.

He’d place cold wash cloths on my head when I was sick.

He’d help me with my homework, although he couldn’t understand why I couldn’t understand math and history.

He’d help my friends out when their cars would break down.

He’d helped me move several times, saying this was the last time.

He’d laugh at all my jokes with tears streaming down his face.

Us kids always teased him about wearing only black – brown – blue and gray and the black socks he’d wear with his so-called “shorts.” Boy, could he take a joke . . .

He’d take me to church every Sunday.

He’d cut out articles in the newspaper if he thought I needed a dose of advice that he wasn’t an expert on.

He taught me to always be honest and work honestly hard.

He taught me to always be different and unique, and not to be a follower . . . I was the only kid out of 5 that he named.

He’d drink a beer with me every now and then.

He didn’t get in the way of my boyfriend choices.

He’d let me fall and fail, but reminded me to get back up . . . with my head up.

He taught me to love the Lord like there’s no tomorrow.

He helped with every one of my career goals from selling sweepers to writing on the Internet.

He taught me that if I wanted respect I had to give and earn it first.

As you can see, this list could go on and on. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the man my Dad was…

Fathers Day 2011God must have known what he was doing when he gave my Dad to me . . . The bond we had could never have been broken. I trusted him with all my heart and soul. He was the only one I looked up to for advice. He was my rock. He was my strength.

When he got older and had his stroke, the tables turned . . .


He trusted me. He looked to me for comfort. The greatest blessing God could have ever given to me was that my Dad needed me for a change and I was more than willing to step up . . .

I know my Dad passed away knowing he did well with me . . . and the rest of us kids.

My Dad loved 3 things totally: His family – his church and anyone who needed him.

So daughters, I know how hard this day is for us. To be totally honest, I’m having a hell of a time . . . But take this day and remember what your Dad meant to you. It won’t bring him back, but it sure feels good to remember.

Below is a short video I want to share that really wraps up what a Dad means to his daughter in a very simple – innocent way.

In closing, God bless all the Dad’s out there on your special day . . . and remember this quote;

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.
John Mayor

No doubt mine was…

Watch the video below . . . Enjoy.

Please share your memories of your Dad below . . .