June 25, 2019
I remember being on my family’s land in the barn with my dad working. My dad took care of me, my little brother and my Momma. His name was George. He worked hard. He was the hardest-working man I have ever known.
I always knew that, and I knew that if I worked like he did then my family would never go hungry. Watching him work made me hungry to work. I wanted to use multiplication and not addition to be successful. I wanted to build a company that transferred not only money, but also strong values. I wanted a company that thought about the long-term and not just this lifetime.
Can you go with me into the future 30-50 years from now? Can you picture it? Can you hear your kid and grandkids talking about you? Can you hear the young ones saying, “Let me tell you about my granddaddy!”
What will they say about you? Will they laugh, cry or smile when they tell the stories of what you did in your life, with them and how they will remember you?
Now, let me tell you about my granddaddy asking me, “Do you have a dream? Do you have a burn and a passion?”
Can you see a young kid on stage saying, “There’s a reason my granddaddy built this company … there’s many reasons.”
Did I tell you about the time we went hunting? How about when we went fishing and we laughed so hard that the captain asked us if we were fishing or telling stories? Then, there was the time we went to Hawaii and had a candle-light dinner under the stars?
Did I tell you how he sat me down and told me about my mom and how much he loved her?
He sat me down another time and told me how much he loved me and talked to me about eternity, and how I needed to work hard to help people for God. He told me that we would see each other again in Heaven.
He told me there is a greater reward if I do that. He said it would be waiting for me and I’d be rewarded for the good I do here on Earth. He said that the man who is faithful in the little will be given much more by God.
I remember the time he told me that love conquers all, that love is more powerful than hate. I choose love because hate is too heavy of a burden to carry.
I’ll also remember when he said, “Promise me you will do the right thing. It is never easy to do the right thing, but promise me you’ll do the right thing.”
I’ll never forget the time he talked to me about money and the power of it. He said the most powerful thing you can do with money is give it to the right people and share it with those who can use it in the best way. He asked me to be generous with it.
He talked to me about my wife and how I wouldn’t always understand her, but that I must always love her regardless.
Granddaddy told me to always love my country and understand the value of freedom and those who paid the price for it. He said fight for it if you have to and be willing to give your life for it. He told me when I saw the flag waving, that I had to remember those who gave their lives for it. He reminded me of what John F. Kennedy said about asking what you can do for your country instead of what it can do for you.
He taught me that there would be times when life is painful, you get hurt and don’t feel loved. He talked to me about overcoming and fighting through struggles.
Granddaddy told me to always seek out wisdom, discernment and knowledge. He told me wisdom was the main thing I needed to search for. He said it would cost me to find it, but it was worth paying to get. He said find people with wisdom and let them in your life.
He warned me that I would have to make some tough decisions. He said not making a decision was a decision. Even when I had great knowledge, the decision will still be tough. That really hit home.
When you have big dreams, you also have big problems if you start to reach some of those dreams. When you are faced with a question, problem or dilemma, you have to make a decision. Not deciding or not taking action is a decision. Whether you move or don’t move is a choice, it is a decision. When you know that to be true, why would you not be decisive instead of being indecisive? If it is in your control, why not make it happen? Part of being a leader is being strong enough and bold enough to get things moving. Believe me, what you do will never be perfect. However, not moving is a sign of weakness and a red flag that you are scared. Don’t be scared. WHEN you MESS up, you can correct mistakes. I call it Ready, Fire, Aim.
If you have a list of activities that you need to complete, let’s go. Start moving. Start doing. That’s the only way things get done. Sitting and hoping will achieve nothing. It is the person who takes action that wins big. Being afraid to fail will never allow you to reach your goals and dreams. You can’t sit on the sideline when there so much that can be done. It’s OK to come up short of something you want, but it’s not OK to come up short because you didn’t try.
If you do the best you can every single day, you will get positive results. If you sit back and wait, nothing will happen. Take action. Be bold. Make things happen.
When you are near the end of your life, what do you want people to remember about you? What do you want them to say about you?
My goal is to do everything I can for as long as I can. If you do that, people will remember you long after your life ends. That’s what leaving a legacy is all about. I have decided that I am in 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I’m #N247RU. My question is, are you?