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It takes 25 years to love me

Monday, January 21, 2013

I had a completely different blog written today and then I stumbled across something online that filled my heart and it changed what I want to do today.

People that work with me know two things. I'm very caring but very, very tough. I have high expectations of those who I work with and when people first meet me they do get the impression I'm one of those hard nosed witches in management. So many times I have turned to people and said, I'll lead you down the right path, I'll be there to guide you, you may not like me right away but eventually you will love me.

As I searched things today I actually ended up stumbling across a website for an orchestra my father founded. There's an amazing blurb on him and his favourite quote. "It takes 25 years to love me." He used to say this all the time to his members, especially after a very difficult rehearsal and I guess it embedded in my subconscious. As I read the page I saw so much of me, I honestly had no idea how much I took after him. My father was 65 when I was born so I never got the 25 years with him.

This made me think though. How the words we say, the actions we take today can have such an impact at any time. Thirty years after my father's passing his work ethics and phrase are probably the biggest influence in my work life without me ever knowing it. Today a manager passed on words of advice I had given her and then followed it up, ya it's tough but I guarantee you will love the person who came up with this.

Today I want to make an impact; in my life and those around me. I will be smart, I will be accountable for my own actions and be a role model. I will be my father's daughter.
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    I get that! :) You are making an impact (on all of us!!) so bravo to you! Thanks so much for being a mentor the way you do!!
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    emoticon for sharing.
    1673 days ago
    What a lovely tribute to your father!
    When I was working, my mantra was "I would rather be respected than liked".
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    What a wonderful legacy, eh? Management is a tough, lonely and often times thankless position in life. (or maybe that's just me :) Maybe you've found that it's the ties of humanity, the strength of a word in due season, and the loving reminder of a dad dearly loved that make your journey more valuable, more precious in the end.

    Some of us need tough love, tough lessons, and well, just toughie-tough! I'm glad you're one of those gals that, depite the hard knocks, continue to motivate and lead. Good for you! Best wishes in all that you put your hands too ;)
    1673 days ago
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