I’ve just got to say our family is “special” in a particular set of ways.
1. If you tell us something is hard, can’t be done, will never work – we hear something along these lines: this will be interesting, terrific, perfect for our talents. Let’s get started.
2. We love one another and all – but when we get work right, we just light up. Doing good work is our “makes life worth it” fuel. We do good work because… we do good work.
3. We will figure it out. Whatever it is. If we have to take it apart and put it together again, we’ll do it. If we need more pieces, we’ll go find them. If we don’t know something, we’ll learn it. If we can’t learn it, we’ll find someone who knows it and pester them until they teach us.
4. We don’t know how to give up. This is dangerous at times but mostly it’s a strength. The world gives way to concerted, deliberate effort over time.
5. We want others to succeed and we will help them, but we can’t really work with people who whine or half step. And if you’re petty or mean we will work around you, outwork you, and ignore you until you’re in our rearview mirror.
6. You can plop us down in any corner of the world, in the midst of utter chaos and we will start working as if we had a plan, a playbook, a budget and a path. And after a while we’ll have created all of those.
You can dog us if you want (and lord some people do) but don’t ever bet against us. It all started with our parents. And the gift they gave us of teaching us how to work. My family is still the source of my strength and a never ending example of what it means to live with integrity and purpose.