That Rust Belt Grit

This won’t take long. I don’t have a whole lot to say. This is just a preface.

I just attended a breakfast where we talked about legacy. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will you leave your legacy?

While my legacy has still to be determined, I am very proud of the legacies before me.

Both my grandfathers are and were engineers; one by education, and one by determination. One of my grandmothers worked when it wasn’t popular for moms to work; she did what had to be done. The other married a single dad and adopted his two young girls, who became amazing women. (They also had a few more kids together, which is the part I’m really glad about!)

My parents have coupon-clipped and penny-pinched, before all those couponing TV shows and books came out and made it the fashionable thing to do. They learned how to build houses so we could have a nice place to live. And they keep learning. Every several months, my mom will tell me about the latest idea she’s had for a new business or venture. Some of my favorite memories of my dad are when we would sit in his office or in a coffee shop, and we would dream and plan and think up adventures.

I’m so proud of my family.

What we have wasn’t given to us. It was earned. We’ve worked for what we have.

With that said, read this article: Why our Tech Startup is Based in Akron, Ohio

And since I know you most likely won’t actually click on that link, here’s one of the many gems from it:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglas

A funny thing happens when everyone is forced to struggle and overcome challenges. They come out the other side stronger and better for it. The Akron of my youth gave rise to the multiple Grammy winning Black Keys, one of the hardest working bands in the business, and to Lebron James, arguably the best basketball player playing the game today, if not ever. Lebron says what everyone from Akron already knows, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”


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