(A TEARJERKER) 😥
On Saturday morning, I had plans to meet my Team at Coaching HQ and deliver SALONGROWTHCON flyers to nearby salons…
The task was a simple one… let’s meet up, head to the salons, drop in some flyers, build awareness of our SALONGROWTHCON event, and then be home mid afternoon.
I woke up on the Saturday morning and said to my wife ‘so what’s the plans today?’
She told me she was taking our two boys (Jack who’s 6 and Oscar who’s 11 months) to see the Easter Bunny.
All is well in my mind… I mean, what kid doesn’t love seeing the Easter Bunny, right?
So I get ready to go and meet the Team, and then just as Im about to leave, Jack turns around to me and says ‘where are you going Daddy? You’re not going to work are you?’
I told him I was and that I’d be home again in the afternoon.
‘But Dad, I never see you anymore and we never do things together like we used to!’
My heart broke into a million pieces!
I have been working really long hours lately to get this SALONGROWTHCON event off the ground, and much like he misses me… I miss my family too!
I told him that I was going dropping off some things to different shops today and he could come with me if he wanted to!
He jumped at the chance and with a resounding ‘YES’, he ran upstairs to get dressed!
Whilst he was getting dressed, my wife said to me ‘You know Bill, last night, Milli (his cousin) said to him ‘what time is your Dad getting home?’
His reply “Not until late. I never see my Dad anymore!’
Again, my heart was crushed! I was devastated!
It played on my mind all day as the two of us went all through the Gold Coast dropping flyers off and saying hello to salons. We chased Pokemon together, stopped in and had burgers, I chased him around some of the shops playing tag…
… and generally tried to make it as fun and memorable as possible!
We had a great day together, but it did remind me how hard it is for business owners everywhere, every single day who try to pursue their dreams, whilst still trying to be their for their partners and children!
It is such a hard thing to do, and so hard to not have parent’s guilt!
For me, I know this is short term and I know that once we complete SALONGROWTHCON, and it’s a huge success, I can better provide for my family, their lives will be better for it and I can make sure I make up for the lost time with them.
Im a great Dad I think, and I always try my hardest to not only be there for them, but to set an example also about what it means to follow your passion, work hard, never give up and achieve your dreams!
I just think sometimes I need to remind myself of that, especially when confronted with it head on like I was with Jack.
I wanted to write this today as a shout out to all the entrepreneurs out their who know what it feels like to have this guilt, and to let you know that it’s ok.
There are many, many people who have it too, but as long as you are 100% present when you are with your loved ones, you have good intent, you are trying your best and they know you love them…
Then keep going!
You will be the role model one day that they look up to for the rest of their lives!
P.S Here is a video of Jack and I at the end of the day