2. Buy local. I heard this message from my Dad all of my life. He worked in radio and sold advertising to local merchants. In turn, my Dad would patronize those businesses and had great relationships with business people all over town. His example continues to inspire me to build community and connections. By giving referrals and shopping and buying locally, we not only the help boost the economy but foster and generate good will in our own backyard.
3. Get involved and be of service. My Dad was a member of the local chamber, Kiwanis, Rotary and was involved in the United Way in our hometown of Hazleton, PA. As a father of six kids with a very busy work schedule, he still gave of his time and talent to these excellent organizations. My lifelong take-away? You're never too busy to get involved, giveback and serve others.
4. Be fearless. As a kid, I was afraid of my own shadow. It wasn't out of the realm for me to wake my Dad up to see if there was someone in the house. "You better hope there's somebody down there," I remember him saying and of course, there was no one down there but he trudged down the stairs anyway. Though I may have bigger dragons to slay then things that go bump in the night, I'm thankful for his example of fearlessness through many life and business decisions.
5. You better get on the ball--right now! Said in my Dad's radio voice, whether we got c's on our report card or came in past our curfew, it was his equivalent of just do it! Whether its my personal or professional life, it's some of the best advice ever!
To you, Dad, who saw me through the worst of times, setting me straight, routing me on, believing in me when I'd given up on myself; you have helped me to rise up and to "walk confidently in the direction of my dreams". I could not be more grateful to have you as my Dad or more proud to be your daughter. Love you, Pops! You're the BEST!