Putting Your Family First – Ahead of Work
“Knowing who you work for – priceless!” ~ MasterCard® commercial
Have you seen the MasterCard® commercial where the father and son are at some exotic tropical island, swimming in crystal clear water?
As you watch this scene the narrator says: “Knowing who you work for – priceless!”
This is without question my favorite commercial. Why? That father has his priorities straight.
There is more to life than the pursuit of achieving your goals. Money is important, but we’d also all agree that our children – and the children of the world – are far more important.
When all is said and done, very few people find themselves on their death beds wishing they had spent more time away from their families at work.
In fact, just the opposite is true. Most people wish that they had spent less time at work and more time with their family. From this day forward I challenge you to put your family ahead of work.
By doing so, you will learn the truth in one of my favorite quotations my mother gave me. This poem from Forest Witcraft is for all you parents out there who struggle financially for your family but still manage to meet your children’s basic needs of food, shelter and love:
“A hundred years from now…
It will mot matter what my bank account was, the sort of house that I lived in, or the kind of car I drove.
But the world may be better because I was important in the life of a child!”
Too much work
The problem is that so many people today are working so hard at their jobs that they can’t spend quality time with their children.
My wife’s grandfather used to say: ” Don’t spend so much time making a living, that you fail to make a life.”
He was right – but keeping your family financially secure can be a big challenge. It doesn’t happen automatically.
As I said previously, no one ever ends up on their death bed wishing that they had spent more time at the office, but many wish they had spent more time with their children, spouses and loved ones. These are, after all, the people you truly work for – not the people at your place of employment!
My challenges to you
I challenge you to spend twice as much time with your children and half as much money. There is an old saying:
“Children are like banks. The more time you put in, the the greater the return will be on your investment of time.”
Also remember what Dr. Robert Brooks says about the importance of being there for our children:
“One of the most important factors that contributes to the resilience in children is the presence of at least one person in their lives who believes in them.”
I challenge you to be that person.
Remember that our children are, after all, the future of the world. If you don’t really believe that it’s important to spend a lot of time with your children, then please watch the movie Traffic starring Michael Douglas.
His character, Bob Wakefield, almost lost his daughter to a life of drugs on the streets, because he was too busy and selfish building his career to spend quality time with her.
I challenge you to never forget for whom you really work…your family, your children and yourself. Put your family first, ahead of your work and you will experience more love and more happiness in life.
These are excerpts from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”, and this is one of the many topics I can speak on. I am happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.
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