I’ve joked with quite a few folks that since my divorce (and subsequent dissolution of all of my worldly assets), I have spent my last 5 years investing in people. That may sound very strange, and hopefully not selfish, but I feel that by focusing my attention on mentors, friends, and family – that I will live a much more fruitful life.
A friend of mine, Troy, asked me last night what it was that I spent most of my time thinking about. 5 or 10 years ago, it may have been work, money, or the next ‘toy’. But I honestly answered him that it’s my kids. My son is already previewing some programs at IU and will be in his senior year. My daughter is also beginning to shape her thoughts to the future – thinking about interior decoration or arts & crafts. I’ve no doubt whatever my kids do that they will be successful at it. Sometimes my kids complain about all the time I spend on the computer or at work – but the truth is there’s not too much time that passes through my day without reflecting on what an incredibly blessed father I am.
Folks think that my kids are so great because of me. That really makes me chuckle… I don’t think that’s the case at all. I have been surrounded in recent years by wonderful mentors, friends, family and sometimes professionals to help me raise my kids. As well, they have a terrific mother who has readily shared her experiences with them to help them gain insight so that they don’t risk making the same decisions in their lives. To me, that’s an investment that will pay off better than any dollar that I will ever gain in life. I would happily live a life of poverty if I know that my children, my family, and my friends are happy.
So… those are my investments in life. I think I have about 30 sites now that I host for friends and family. It’s something I really don’t have as much time to do as I would like, but I try to do the best I can with the resources I have. It’s my little investment in their happiness.
Today, I launched a blog for a friend of mine, Pat Coyle. Pat is a person that I had the pleasure of working with for a few months. His insight on family, God, work, and marketing are things that I cherish as a friend. I can’t tell you how much I learned and enjoyed working with Pat for the short time I did. So… I threw an investment his way… putting a blog up at http://www.patcoyle.net. Pat’s blog is called ‘My Life as a Customer’. Perhaps it was a little selfish putting up Pat’s blog and twisting his arm to keep posting! Truth is, I’m just looking to get more of that advise from Pat that I got every day when working with him! Either way – I hope you check Pat’s blog out as well.
Invest in people! You’ll never be dissappointed.