Even at my age (it will be raining later this week according to my knees!), there is nothing better than starting your day with a big hug and kiss from your parents. Well, I guess that depends on whether you like your parents, but mine rock. And if I really think about why I’ve become a motivational speaker, it’s because I was raised by two of the best motivational speakers on the planet.
Take my Dad for instance, still walking with a broad smile at 86 years old. Sure he no longer has the broad chest he did when he played professional football, but he still greets everyone he meets with a huge smile and something kind to say. This from a man who was nearly starved to death in a POW camp during WWII. Needless to say, we had no pity parties growing up in our family because nothing compared to what he endured and still he remained positive, outgoing and engaging. Do you let your challenges get in the way of your incredible positive potential?
My Mother at 76 still believes school is never out for the pro. Sure, she was a teacher, but her love of continual learning is outstanding. When she found out I was going to have my first child 19 years ago, she went straight out and bought a computer. Then she signed up for classes. “If I’m going to have a relationship with my Grandchildren, I’m going to need to be computer savvy.” She participates in 2 book clubs (she’s the oldest in both) to keep her current and sharp. She took on knitting a few years back and now has her sweaters in high-end boutiques. I could fill paragraphs more of all she has accomplished just since retiring. Are you reading the books or attending the programs you need to grow your life and business?
Now don’t get me wrong, our family was FAR from perfect. We fought, we had our issues, we had our crazy moments. My folks came down hard on me when I made really bad choices (feel free to use your imagination and it probably still won’t be as bad as I was!). Yet, they were also always there to support me on my path — every step of the way. I am so blessed to still have them in my life, and I give appreciation for them every day. My parents …. two of the original motivational speakers in my book.
They just packed their car, drove away and have left the house….but never my heart.