361: My Dad’s Impact on My Life

This is a snippet from a guest interview I did on my friend and mentor Chris Powers’ podcast, The Fort. We discussed everything from life, parenting, wealth management, and impacting other people When the episode came out, I had dozens of people reach out to me saying that it was an impactful episode, and I wanted to share a segment of it.

Recently I got to start working professionally with my dad, and that’s all because my dad is the reason I got into entrepreneurship in the first place. My dad came from a traumatic childhood full of physical and emotional abuse, and I didn’t know about it until I was raised and out of the house. My dad was strong enough to break the cycle of abuse, as I was raised to be strong and confident in myself through him. It’s the biggest blessing that I’ve experienced in my life. My dad properly balanced discipline, mentorship, and teachings as a parent.

When I was 13 my dad sat me down at the dinner table, showed me how a P&L statement worked, and got me a gig mowing lawns on a commercial property. I had no real idea how business worked or what money was, all I knew was that it was 98 degrees outside and I was sweating. I cried within my first hour on the job and wanted to quit. My dad told me that we needed to finish the summer and that either I was mowing those lawns or he was. 

After that miserable first day, I went home and sent out invoices for $180 of work that night, and all of a sudden I was hooked. I didn’t complain anymore, I wanted even more jobs. This was years before my friends would be making minimum wage in fast food, and I felt like a king. Within six months, I was paying a high school student to drive me to and from the job. It was a very radical thing that most parents would call crazy, but it made entrepreneurship not seem scary to me.

My dad was a VP of construction by trade, working for a successful developer. He eventually felt burned out and wanted to come work for me, but the time wasn’t quite right and I didn’t have the volume to hire him. A couple of years later, he called me and said that he had just quit his job, and I told him immediately that he was on our payroll starting today.

I’m so fortunate to be able to give back to my dad and work together with him again. He taught me about entrepreneurship, he raised me well, and I wouldn’t have any of my success if I didn’t sit me down that day and teach me about the P&L.

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