I come from a family of entrepreneurs. I’ve traced my family history pretty far back and have noticed a common theme in small business ownership, mostly among the men (until recently).
My parents each have owned their own businesses since I was really young and I got a lot of my work ethic from watching them.
I saw my dad and my mom both wake up early and stay up late working.
I saw them prioritize family and rarely miss a family event.
I watched them being honest, fair and truthful with their clients every single time and only sold to them what they truly believed in.
I saw them stay true to their beliefs and always take Sundays off to go to church and be with family.
I noticed how financially responsible they were, never living beyond their means or putting on credit what they couldn’t pay off.
I’ve seen the hours they put in learning and getting continued education to be the best at their craft that they could be.
I observed how they supported each other and encouraged each other.
I’ve watched and I’ve learned. And what has stood out to me the most, was the dedication and passion they’ve put into their work not just for their clients or for personal goals, but for their family. They saved up large jars of coins to take us kids on an annual road trip every single year from MI to FL (imagine that mini van with 7 of us in it for 26 hours+). They made sure we ate healthy, nourishing food and always had lunch money. They kept up on medical, dental and chiropractic visits for us, despite the basically non-existent health care plans small business owners struggle with. They encouraged us to have instruments and play in the band, take piano lessons and join whatever sports we wanted to. And when we were old enough, we were taught to put in the work with weekend/night/summer jobs.
Because of all of the sacrifices made and hard work put in, the lessons I’ve learned from my parents over the years have helped shaped who I am and how I now run my business. I may still be learning how the balance part works, but I know when to put family first. I know when to say no and how to be financially responsible. I apply honesty and kindness to everyone I work with and constantly educate myself to give my very best to my clients. I know that I can’t undervalue or undercharge for my services because my family will take the hit.
Mom and Dad, for the lessons you’ve taught me (without probably realizing it), I’m very thankful for them and for you. xoxo
What about you? What lessons have you learned from your parents or family members? I’d love to hear in the comments below!