I miss you dad.
Today would have been my father’s 78th birthday. Sadly he died 2 years ago surrounded by family and friends that had traveled from all over the world. I am forever grateful that, although he did not recognize them, he got to meet his two last grand babies before he passed—my sister’s Madison Paige and my own Leah Renee. They were both less than two months old when dad passed. Therefore the pictures with dad I will treasure for life and they will at least have a picture with their grandfather even if they won’t remember him.
I write about dad today only to remember him from a unique standpoint. As I honor his life I remember several of the financial lessons I gleaned from his life that I want to share with you.
America is the greatest country in the world. My dad was from Peru. He wasn’t born here, yet he loved this country. He came here and his first job earned him a $1.25 an hour washing dishes at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant. In a little over a decade, by the early 80’s, he was making over $30 an hour; by the mid 80’s he owned his own business—all without a college degree. He knew early on that dreams can come true in America. I still believe that. 80% of the millionaires in America are first generation. Meaning they made a million dollar net worth in their lifetime.
Dad taught me to save. He wanted to save sometimes too much. I am glad mom made him go on trips around the world otherwise he would have never seen the world. Nevertheless, I learned to save for a rainy day and got that from dad. It has come in handy during this pandemic.
My dad taught me to buy quality. He didn’t always want to buy things but when he did he wasn’t one to skimp. He would always say, “buying cheap stuff will cost you.” That is why when I make major purchases I look for the best within my budget. I tend to never regret those purchases after properly researching them.
Dad taught me to be generous. Although my dad was tight with money, if he decided to donate, he wouldn’t mess around. He was a faithful tithe and offering giver throughout all his years. I also remember plenty of families my parents helped out.
He owned rental properties and even now that he’s passed mom still gleans income from rental properties. I own my own home but in the near future I would like to supplement my income with rental properties in honor of Dad.
Last, my dad was an entrepreneur at heart, and I love the reason why. He told me that the reason he wanted to own his own business, “is because he didn’t want to get old and be fired.” Why? He wanted to be able to provided for his family as long as he could and didn’t want anyone dictating to him how long he could work. Dad did provide for us. We never lacked what we needed and even in death he is still providing. I miss you dad.
These are a few small lessons I carry with me and there are plenty more. I leave this post with this small tribute.
I never told you how
How much you mean to me
What in the world I would do
I just never made it through to you, oh, to you
There goes a day, there goes a week
So many goals I had to reach
The more I did, the less I cared
The more I miss the love you’ve shared
If life is a song, somehow it’s sad
I don’t know the words without you, Dad
You’ve been on my mind all the time
Home use to be just some walls that I know
But the truth is home means nothing without you
Truth is my home means nothing without you
If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask here. Take charge of your money!
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P.S. Day 279 please pray for the 7.2 million goal for 2020