I received my most impactful training in the first 17 years of my life.
My father, a UPS driver and entrepreneur, taught me and my five siblings to creatively generate income and to wisely manage money. He taught me the importance of tracking my money and the power of awareness; to understand the power of compound interest and the value of time as money; and to see work as a blessing and a joy. He even gave me my first job: hunting and counting nightcrawlers for fishermen.
My mother, a home-economist, showed me how to bring huge financial value to the home, be resourceful, and live with contentment. She brought life to the adage, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Old clothes made new quilts, and leftover rice made great pancakes . . .maybe just edible pancakes.
Both of my parents were examples of generosity in all stages.