Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Those of you who know me know I enjoy quotes. Here is my favorite: "We are a part of everyone we meet." I know that's true.
Want proof? My dad, Robert M. Sammon, Sr., was a photographer, getting me started, along with my mother, in photography with his cameras and in his basement darkroom. But more important, he was a good dad - which I try to be. Everyday. I am very glad we met.
You might want to keep that quote in mind as a dad . . . and as you go through life meeting people. I sure do. You may have more of an impact on someone than you realize.
Here are just a few of the things I learned from my dad:
1) It takes a lot of peanuts to feed an elephant. My dad, who lived through the depression, encouraged me to make, and save, as many pennies as possible. This is sound business advice. Pennies add up, quicker than you might imagine.
Want to feed the elephant? Sign up for as many affiliate and associate programs as possible. Get into as many on-line sales opportunities as possible. You can make a few peanuts on the internet. :-)
2) Even the President of the United States puts his pants on one leg at a time. My dad was telling me that we are basically all the same. He was offering me encouragement: If one man can do it, so can you.
Want some more encouragement? Read Real Magic by Dr. Wayne Dyer:
3) Hard work pays off. My dad never really said that, but he was a great example of that philosophy.
I vividly remember one snow holiday in the early 1950s, when it used to snow heavily in New York, when he put on his hat, coat and buckle boots (which I don't think they make any more) and walked a few miles to the train station – while it was still snowing. He had an important meeting in New York City that he could not miss. He always wanted to do the best job possible. His hard work paid off. He died a few years ago at age 92 in his own home, and could still afford to live comfortably. What more could you ask for?
So my friends: work hard and save those peanuts.
Again, happy Father's Day!
Proud son of Robert M. Sammon, Sr.