My father John William Twyman, III passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. I am writing this for two reasons – to pay tribute to my father and to hopefully help someone who needs to find some clarity.
My father was a retired Washington, DC police officer from Washington, DC. His last assignment was Commander of the Helicopter Branch. I remember growing up that we had a lot of rules that other children did not have. He was pretty strict. We could ride our bikes only on the sidewalk. We had to play in the backyard. As a child, I didn’t understand why we couldn’t do what others did. As I got older I realized that it was because he probably saw so many things at work.
Even though, my parents were teenagers when I was born, they raised me. They got married and became responsible parents. As I look at the world today, I see a lot of teen parents not taking responsibility for the children they conceive. A grandmother or great-grandmother is responsible for their child. I can’t imagine how hard or scary it was. I did not have my son until I was 28 years old and I sure wasn’t ready for a child as a teenager.
When my parent’s got divorced, my father raised me and my 3 siblings as a single father. This was almost unheard of in the 70s. I didn’t realize that he was a trailblazer back then.
Over the last several years, my father’s health has declined and was living in an assisted living facility. This was a difficult decision but my siblings and I wanted him to have 24/7 care in a safe environment. At the time of his death, he was in a nursing home for rehabilitation. We weren’t sure if he was going to be able to go back to the assisted living which was of great concern.
One of the reasons why I was really getting serious about my business this year had to do with my father. He was my number one why for seriously pursuing a profitable online marketing business. I wanted to be able to put him in a private nursing home if needed with no worries of the cost. I also wanted to be able to attend any doctor’s appointments without worrying about my job. Well my number one why won’t be happening now, but I still must move forward. I believe to really succeed you must have a “why” that is just not monetary. I had other reasons why, but I had to reflect and determine what my “Number One Why” is.
After a week of reflection, I believe I have found it. I want to show my son, nieces and nephews that you can pursue your dream and still make a living. I want them to know that you can be an entrepreneur without trading “time for dollars”. I want them to know that you should get an education but you don’t have to get a “9 to 5” job when you graduate. I want them to know that it is alright to think outside of the box.
For me, having a profitable online marketing business will give me the freedom to do the things that are important to me without being tied to a 9 to 5 job. My family is very important to me and I dream of the day when I can assist without having to check my work schedule first.
What is your reason why? I believe you really need to figure this out in order to be successful.