Scott asked me these questions and he videoed me as I answered them.
Thought you might find them interesting.
1. How did you meet Mum?
I went to a dance at Cloudland Ballroom in Brisbane, when I was 21 and she was just 16.
2. What advice can you share with me about money, life and happiness?
The work ethic that was given to me by my parents, who showed me how to live my life, leading by example, and that I couldachieve my dreams if I used my talents, was not lazy, didn’t waste my money and didn’t let fools to influence me.
They taught me at about age five, to open my first bank accountand put money in it every week. They encouraged me at about 13 years of age to start a small business, selling things I could make.
I believe that God has been guiding me along the way all my life,even though I may not have been able to recognise it at the time.
I recently wrote about all the times in my life that I could look back on, to see the paths that my life took, including the near misses, which were not just some coincidence, but I could recognise that I was being looked after by God.
Happiness means many things to me, but now at 68, being happy is knowing that I have done a good job by helping bring and guide the next two generations as they make their way into the world, as well as helped many other people, just as my father did all his life.
Having joined Watto’s “Shed Happens” at the “Father /Son night in September 2012 changed my life for the better, because through Ian Watson’s and the Shed Happens influence, I made a number of changes in my life which brought me closer to Lesley, my children and to God…..starting with the letter I wrote to Scott, which then led me to writing a letter to Leisa and Nicole.
These three letters changed the way I related to them, and brought me closer to each of them. One of the changes was to tell them that I loved them, which I was not doing prior to writing the letters.
Since then, by attending Shed Happens, and hearing lots of blokes tell their story, I’ve realised how blessed I am to have such a great family, who all get on so well and have made such a success of their lives, all with successful careers.
3. What does being a dad mean to you?
Knowing that I have helped bring three fine young Australians into the world, who in turn have created seven more, makes me so proud.
Being a dad in 2018 is allowing me to watch all seven grandchildren grow up, hitting all their milestones on or ahead of time.
Seeing them interact with each other and get on so well gives me immense satisfaction. Seeing the older grandkids take on a nurturing role by looking after the younger ones is so good to see.
Seeing the gentle nature of each of them… I believe is a reflection of my nature.
I believe that I’m seeing my father’s DNA, which he passed on to me, coming out in different ways in each of my children and grandchildren.
I believe that Scott’s ability to problem solve and do strategic planning, are among his many abilities, which have been passedon by me… from my father.
4. What are you most proud of?
My family and my achievements, and their achievements. I’m so proud of each of my children and their children, and it makes me so proud by knowing that they will be able to carry on the fine traditions that I lived by… which I have passed on to them.
5. How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to would like be remembered as a person who helped make the world a better place, in any way that I could, whether it be by teaching others what to do, helping find a job, or a solution to a problem, or fix something that others said, “that can’t be done”!
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