Lessons Learned From My Father
37:54 · 2019
I thought I’d take a few minutes and share some of the most impactful things and lessons that I have been taught by my father over the last several years even though he’s been gone for over the last decade. My dad growing up, William Milton Carson, was my hero. A lot of kids have Michael Jordan and Nolan Ryan. During my youth years, I was a very big fan of both of those guys, both sports heroes-wise. When it came to who your true hero is, I was very honored to have a great father and a great mother. My mom is great still to this day. My father was my hero growing up. I thought I’d share a little bit with you guys about that. He’s been gone for a while. We all learned something from our fathers, whether they’re with us or not with us. It can be good or bad.
I was very blessed that my dad taught me several lessons along the way that have helped mold me and shaped my business ideas, my business tactics and helped me be who I am as a person. We are all solely responsible for who we are. It’s not anybody else’s fault. We all make decisions along the way of our lives, whether it’s in personal or education or family or business things. We all are responsible for our own decisions. You are where you’re at because of the decisions that you’ve made on a day-in, day-out basis. I’m here because of the fact that I’ve made some great decisions. I’ve made some bad decisions along the way. I’ve had some good deals. I’ve had some bad deals along the way. Nobody is perfect. Everybody backs goes 500, you have half good, half bad. The average out depends on the extreme of the good or the bad.
Sometimes we have good ups. We have bad downs. You have to balance it out and keep working for it. I’ll give you a little bit of background. My dad was born on November 4th, 1936 in Minnesota. My grandparents were dairy farmers outside of Minneapolis in a place called Rochester, Minnesota in Stewartville area. My dad grew up one of three kids. He was there working on the farm with my grandfather and his mother passed early on from sickness. He grew up on a farm. His older brother, my Uncle Robert went off to fight in the Korean War. My dad was a junior in high school at the time. My grandfather could not handle working on the farm by himself. One of the things that my dad did is for two years he quit high school. He quit going to work on the farm to help his dad, to be there to help bring things together and make sure that everything ran well.
That takes a lot of courage when you do that, to leave your high school, to leave that and to go back away. It’s a little bit maybe more common back then than it is now but that was a big thing. When my Uncle Bob came back from the Korean War a couple of years later, my dad wanted to go back to high school. He wanted to finish his degree. He had the goal of becoming a minister. He wanted to go to seminary school and to do that, he had to graduate high school. His family was very against it. I know it’s surprising you’d be against going to high school because he’s already been out of it and working on the farm. What are you going to learn there? You’re here on the farm of the family.
Against my grandparent’s wishes, my dad went back in and went to high school. He left the farm. He left and went to Rochester. He put himself through his last year of high school. He went from a small high school to a large high school where he was a small guy, but he finished. Can you imagine going to a n
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