By Eliana Barriga
Publisher and Managing Editor for The Retail Observer
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth
Over the years, I've come to realize how much of an influence my father has had on shaping the person I am. The qualities and traits that have been passed down are absolutely invaluable: my persistence, endurance, self confidence, work ethic, and courage, just to name a few. June has me reflecting on father figures — whether it be your father, uncle, grandfather, neighbor, godfather, close friend, boss. Who has been that male mentor for you?
In my family, they know I can be stubborn! Most of the time, I am proud to say that's a good thing. Growing up I was encouraged to get back up after failure and try again, to never take no for an answer. It has given me the determination to reach goals in my life and make things happen no matter the challenge. I am inspired by my father and can say that because of him, I never give up.
Is a father figure flawless and always exemplifying perfection? No, they are still human. Fathers are also imperfect — and how they embody that imperfection is what matters. Seeking excellence, not perfection, being open to growth and new knowledge — to understand the unknown is one of the most important traits of them all.
From a father figure to a child, so much of learning happens through modeled behavior. How much is unsaid and just observed? Children pattern behaviors at home both consciously and subconsciously. The same could be said for employees in the workplace, learning from their bosses. Are you modeling honesty, pride, fortitude, and a strong work ethic?
This month I am grateful for all my father has modeled for me and for the men in my life that have inspired and encouraged both me and my children, just as fathers everywhere are doing for their own children and many other kids.
Happy Fathers Day!