parents impact us internally in ways that external circumstances do not.
I saw a Health Policy Snapshot from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dated Sept. 2011 that stated:
"communities with smoke-free air laws, access to healthy foods, quality affordable housing, good schools and safe places to play are healthier than those that don't. In fact, the economic, social and physical environments that surround us can have a much greater impact on our health than how often we go to the doctor's office."
I don't disagree. The internal, though, is more important. Being an adoptive parent and guardian of six kids out of the foster care system and raising our granddaughter, I know that kids who have been traumatized need much more than good schools and smoke-free air laws. Nothing replaces a stable home life.
Parents impact us in other ways as well. Hopefully, they serve as positive role models.
Many of his clients have turned to him for multiple transactions and he maintains contact with his very first clients from 1991. Service and giving people the best is important to him.
I asked him where he got that value. He talked about his business mentors when he grew up and worked in Baldwin Hills and the Leimert Park area at Hamburger City as a teen. But he also talked about his dad.
Richard's dad was a waiter who took three weeks of vacation per year. During two of those weeks, his father volunteered to cook at his church's Vacation Bible School and feed the children who came from the surrounding neighborhoods.
Being a role model had at least a sub-conscious impact on Richard and the value that his father placed on people has carried over into Richard's professional life. "My clients deserve the very best service," he said.
By way of disclaimer, I refinanced my property with Richard and he hired me to write his marketing materials as a mortgage lender. Nevertheless, our conversation made me consider how parents, none of whom are perfect, have such an impact on their children.
Richard volunteers to feed the homeless in downtown Los Angeles and has done so for many years. While he didn't follow his father's career footsteps, he certainly did travel the same road in his care for people.
Learn a bit more about Richard at his LinkedIn profile.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "snapshot" is available on their website.