I’ve been meaning to interview my father for months now. He is the reason I do everything that I do. He has made me into the person I am today and taught me how to be an entrepreneur since I was born. He gave me that competitive edge over other entrepreneurs because I was born an entrepreneur. In the movie 300 the Spartan warriors were trained from the day they were born to become the best warriors, and fearless. Well if there were a movie for fearless entrepreneurs, I would be in it because my dad has trained me to be a Spartan Entrepreneur since December 31st 1989.
During this interview I learned so many things from my father. There were many things he said, that I’ve never heard come from him before. He also said a lot of things that I always preach about in life and business.
My dad grew up in a poor family and never had much growing up. There were times his parents couldn’t afford lunch money at school. My grandpa was an entrepreneur that was really smart, and taught my dad many things that made him into who he is today. Looking back I see the foundation my grandpa put in place for me, and the foundation my dad built off of it. Their work has allowed me to achieve what I have achieved today, and take things to a completely new level in the Adams Family Legacy.
Things we talk about in the show
- My fathers childhood and how he couldn’t walk without crutches until he was 10 years old
- How my dad never played sports but was invited to join the basketball team for the State Basketball finals in Des Moines
- How my father opened a lunch wagon in his early 20s and made a killing in business
- My fathers experience getting into the ice business and growing it rapidly
- My fathers strategies to gain more customers for the ice business
- We share our investments in timber land and how profitable they have become
- The relationship my father and I have been able to maintain while working together and owning a business together
- The biggest lessons my father has learned in life and his life advice to you
They have an old saying “Apples don’t fall far from Tree’s”. My father and I are very similar in many aspects. As I did this interview I realized that even more. He has given me so much in life and I’m going to continue to make him proud. He is the reason that I work so hard. I believe its my duty to create a legacy for the Adams Family by becoming the most successful I can possibly be and impact the most people possible. My grandpa and father have built a foundation that will allow me to go far, and I’m thankful for that.
Take a look what your family has given you and use it to your advantage, no matter what your situation is. If you have had a bad child hood or good, both can be used to your advantage to become successful in life.
Either way, always remember you wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for your mom and dad. Thank them for giving you life, and everything that you have today.
INTERVIEW SOMEONE YOU LOVE ABOUT LIFE
Questions from Brendon Burchard
1. What comes to mind when you think about growing up in
2. What did you love to do as a kid, before high school?
3. What did you love to do in high school?
4. What do remember most about your teenage years?
5. What do you remember most about your mom (grandma)?
6. What was most important to her?
7. What do you remember most about your dad (grandpa)?
8. What was most important to him?
9. If grandma and grandpa had a message to you and their grandchildren, what do you think it is?
10. How did you meet [spouse] and know (s)he was the one?
11. How did you choose your career and what was your favorite part about it?
12. What made you successful at work?
13. What did you believe about yourself that helped you become successful and deal with hard times?
14. What times in your life truly “tested your mettle,” and what did you learn about yourself by dealing (or not dealing) with them?
15. What three events most shaped your life?
16. What do you remember about when each of us was born?
17. Were you ever scared to be a parent?
18. What three words would you say represented your approach to parenting and why?
19. When you think about [sibling] how would you describe him?
20. What message do you have for [sibling] that you want him to always keep in mind?[Do the last two questions above for each sibling in your family]
21. When you think about [spouse], how would you describe her/him?
22. What message do you have for [spouse] that you want her/him to always keep in mind?
23. What three words would you say best describe who you tried to be in life and how you want to be remembered?
24. When they think about their careers, what do you want your children to focus on?
25. What have you learned about other people in life? (trustworthy, kind or not and mean)?
26. What do you think the world needs more of right now?
27. What do you believe people want the most in life?
28. What were the three best decisions you’ve ever made?
29. What are you most proud of in life?
30. What were five of the most positive moments of your life?
31. What message would you like to share with your family?
32. What are you most thankful for?