For Father's Day, I would love to share with you 3 Lessons from my Old Man... Dangerous Dan. This may be a long email, but think of it as training for your attention span. These lessons took me decades to understand. You can make it through an email.
I grew up with a unique type of privilege. My brother and I were trained, then basically set free at a very young age, and I loved it. I’m not very sentimental, and although we're scattered, my family is very close. It's a bunch of military and crazy hillbillies, that know when you're gone, you're probably doing something that requires a lot of skill, focus, or is pretty dangerous. So stay present, get home safe, we'll talk then. Also, don't partake in things that make folks treat each other poorly. Thus we rarely get together on holidays, and you won't see us at a Best Buy or Wal-Mart on Black Friday. It would be a shut out though if we did, due to our level of strategy and efficiency. Learn from a Lucas... You can make our own special moments. A Tuesday in February makes more sense. Less lines, cheaper tickets. Sh'mon! There's your first life hack.
My Mother, a tough and gracious coal miner’s daughter from West Virginia, taught me the importance of being polite, small town values, and with creativity, you can do more with less. Her art was being able to make a 20 dollar bill go farther than anyone I’ve ever known. Also, no one finds more joy in quiet time with a good romance or western novel. In CA, It takes people 2 weeks at Burning Man, then decompressing with some Ketamine therapy, and a couple years of “powerful work" with a botoxed trust fund shaman in LA, to get that level of gratitude.
THEN THERE'S MY DAD & HIS "RULES"
My career has been a highlight reel of lessons from that man. Even though we really didn’t talk much. One of the lessons I learned was efficiency of dialogue. So our time was short and efficient, and although it ended very quickly, his presence seemed to stick around, probably to make sure the lessons sunk in. PRACTICE GUY!
All these courses, and things I share, as well as my career, were kinda laid out by him. I was an uncoordinated wild card of a child. Made up of equal parts: Rage, ADHD, total nerd, poet, wanna be Leroy on Fame or Gene Kelly, and of course Bruce Lee & Ernie Reyes Jr.
Now keep in mind, my “rules” that I’m always spouting on about… That mentality came from him.