I’m so incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed a great relationship with my father, Jon, for as long as I can remember. He’s somewhat understated, cerebral and gives everything considerable thought. He’s kind, supportive, pragmatic and dependable… solid as a rock. Name all the good qualities you’d want in a father and you’re describing my dad.
He’s taught me so many things… practical things like how to ride a bike, how to tie a tie, how to fill out my W-2s and so much more. He’s a man who embodies integrity, reliability and family. He’s helped me appreciate the value of history, art and architecture. He’s taught me “human” things, too: how to keep things in perspective, how to see the big picture and the dangers of assuming you’re the smartest person in the room.
One lesson I continue to use every single day, especially in my work at Fireside Production, is that it’s better and easier to do something right than do it over. He articulated that to me when I was about 15. He was fixing a water faucet on the outside of the house and I asked him why he was taking so much time on the project. At the time, I didn’t really see the wisdom of that simple idea, but it has grown with me in the intervening 25+ years.
Attention to detail matters. Everything you do, in some manner, is a representation of who you are. I could not have imagined that succinct phrase would apply not only to a weekend project in my parents’ front yard but nearly everything I’ve done since. True wisdom stands the test of time and circumstance. Thanks for this one and so many more, Dad!