I was shopping at the local grocery store, actually rode the bikes up there with my wife and little 3T boy, and as I sat atop the bike, son in tote, I noticed this guy’s license plate.

Adam, I assume?

Well, Adam gets it.

Adam knows the importance of being reminded that it’s time to work.

It’s time to sacrifice.

It’s time to bring home the bacon.

It’s time to be the provider.

Life’s scary.

Bad decision-making can ground you for months, sometimes years.

Bad decision-making can cost you money.

Bad decision-making can cost you friendships, even love.

There’s no manual when you pop out into the world.

Your parents do the best they can.

They help you understand the basics.

They usher in the school era, relying on the instructors and coaches of the world to thrust you into the next phase.

Then, they pay for you to do quasi-adult stuff once you’re in high school and college.

Then, they let you go.

They let you decide what you want to do.

They pat you on the back, kiss you on the cheek, give you a big hug, and say, “It’s your turn.”

That’s some scary stuff!

But you know what I was fortunate enough to be given?

A hard work ethic.

It was instilled into me as a little boy when I’d watch my dad work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day.

He loved overtime, but he enjoyed the security blanket that money provided.

He knew he had a little one still (last of 4 kids, me).

He wanted me to be able to pay for baseball.

Pay for our treasured summer vacations, traveling across the lower 48 and back.

Pay for education.

So when Adam came into my life recently via a vanity plate, it was a nice little reminder that life doesn’t wait on me.

I need to get up and at ’em.

I need to go to work.

I need to provide for myself, my family, and our future.

And the best part of it all?

It’s not hard for me to work. I thrive on it. Good decisions, bad decisions, all the decisions.

Don’t let fear control you.

Don’t let one letdown cause you to give up.

Don’t let the unknown or lacking confidence dictate your destiny.

Research, learn, then own it.

Thanks, dad and mom for showing me the way.

Now get out there and go grab some life by the balls.

Go be great. Some people may be counting on you.


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