I’ve got to go back to gratitude and this time it is really just as intense as it can be. There is no gratitude like the feelings you feel for someone who has helped your child.
I want very much to make this podcast my own but if you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with Gary Vaynerchuk is one of my people simply based on the amount of content he puts out and how much of it I absorb.
For those of you who don’t know him you are missing out and I highly encourage you to check out his podcast Facebook watch channel or really just google him and get his content on whatever platform you prefer. Trust me he’s on there
He is in the marketing business, he currently leans toward social media platforms but he’d be the first to tell you that his preference for social media is only based on its value for attention. I enjoy it but this aspect impacts me on a small scale only because I don’t handle that aspect of the businesses I am involved in.
Where he really hits home with me is his hustle, his attitude, and his treatment of others. He constantly gives. So much so that I bought his books instead of just illegally downloading them. Whenever he is asked about this he falls back on his gratitude, to his parents and specifically his mother. She would celebrate his every minor accomplishment to the clouds.
This resonates with me so much. My dad who has passed was always my biggest cheerleader, without ever trying to push me into what I didn’t want. He was also one of the kindest human beings I have ever known. I find myself pulled toward people like that with a sense of admiration that is so humbling, so often.
A few weeks back he put out a mixtape of videos he made while trapped on a flight with no wifi. Some connected, some didn’t but one, Track 6, It’s a message to parents about supporting their kids. Letting them win on their own terms.
Today I snowboarded all day with my son, as far as snowboarding went it wasn’t much. But as far as day spent with my best friend it was awesome. Between the knowledge that I want to support him in everything he does, the happiness of my current mindset, and his amazing progress, it was just awesome to be that cheerleader.
To be able to share a skill I have with someone I love so much in a way that feels like support and building up to him. To see how much he was enjoying himself and how his positivity overcame the difficulties in learning a skill that the learning process involves a whole lot of falling down brought me real joy.
I wanted to take todays post to tjust say thank you to @garyvee for helping me along towards being the kind of father for my sone that mine was to me.
And Finally I implore you. Support your children in whatever they are. Don’t try to make them what you want them to be. Be the tools they need to be the best version of their skills and passions.