Today would have been my dad’s 71st birthday. It’s hard for me to believe that he passed away 3 years ago.
My dad was an incredible influence in my life. He was an entrepreneur, and thinking back it was him that inspired me to be one too. He helped me and A&R Solar through difficult times.
When we started I didn’t know how to write a contract, or an estimate, or just about anything. I had a passion and a vision I shared with my business partner Andy, and we had emotional and physical energy to pour into our business. If I had a problem big or small, my dad would help at the drop of a hat.
When we had early successes it was my dad who I called first. He of all the people in my life understood the hardship and hard work it took for us to achieve what we did. He was always hesitant to give too much advice, but I was always willing to hear what he would say. Well, I was always willing to hear his business advice…
He taught me how to have a healthy debate, negotiate, and have empathy for the people around me. He new how to lead just by being someone that people could look up to; by being generous; by being thoughtful; by caring. I hope that as I continue to grow up that I can follow in his footsteps.
Yesterday the Small Business Administration featured me as a success story. Yesterday I wish I could have called him with the news. Yesterday I would have heard his smile on the phone.
Today, I won’t celebrate my successes. I’ll celebrate his.