Going Away to College


I have a daughter that is about to graduate high school and head off to college.  It is a weird transition time for me and my entire family.  I guess I am personally in the mode of trying to get those last few life lessons in before she leaves home.  (Well, at least the last few that will occur before she hopefully realizes that I haven’t been completely clueless for the last several years).  I hope we are close to the point where what I say is at least as important to her as what her friends say, who apparently know all there is to know about life already.  We have been spending more time talking lately, which has been very nice.  We have been discussing life philosophies. Whether it pertains to business, home life, or recreation, to me it all boils down to one thing.  If you do what is right, even when it isn’t what is easy, then everything is going to be OK.  If you can strive to do what is right, at least in your opinion, through all the aspects of your life, things just seem to fall into place. 

Doing what is right at work is obviously paramount.  It includes doing what is right for your customers, what is right for your peers, and what is right for your employees.  Do that consistently, and you will build a company or be part of a company you can be proud of.  Doing what is right for your company will help your family, and vice versa, doing what is right for your family will help your company. 

I will be leaving the office a little early today to attend what may be my daughter’s last competitive basketball game ever.  With all that is going on here at work it would be easy to let myself feel guilty about taking this time.  But I truly believe that by doing what I feel is the right thing, all aspects of my life will benefit from the decision.  So I am going to the game.  I will cheer as loudly as I possibly can.  I will try not to cry when it is over; and I will hug her as she cries because it is. 

I hope you all get the opportunity today, to do what is right, whether easy or hard.  And I hope you benefit from it greatly, both personally and professionally.

Have a great day, and go see the world.


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