My #1 son (grey shirt) approaches me one day and says "hey dad, can me and my friends clean job sites for you?" I told him and his friends to meet me in the office and worked out an arrangement where they could do hourly work and they would need to submit time sheets to our office manager to be compensated after I reviewed them. So after all the logistics were worked out, I go into this speech which should've been filmed. It went something like.... "Y'all don't embarrass me. This is a one-strike you're out kind of deal and I am sticking my neck out here because I expect y'all to be respectful to our clients and subs, show up on time and do good work. The second I feel like you aren't I'll fire your ass." The back story is these kids are at my house most every weekend and I love it. They see me for the most part in good moods, cooking for them, watching television together and hanging out- the opposite of this new role of part time boss, or what I like to call "work-Kevin". Anyways they did a fantastic job, in half the time and I received complements from home owners and co workers alike which made me very, very proud. So now the best part. They are dragging at the end of the week and I line them up in the street with a money fan and start to pay them out for the job they had done. I told them about how they did a good job but not to rest in that, to continually try to sell themselves to others and compete for being the best they can be. Not just at work but as students, future workers, husbands and fathers. Pretty deep for late on a Friday but I hope it hits home to at least one of them. It feels really good to give back and I remember being young and how awesome it was to have a little independence and pocket money to pay for gas and meals without mom and dad's help.
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