My father was and still is, an entrepreneur, and it was something that I never realized until several years later when I decided to walk that same path. When I was five we moved from Kitchener/ Waterloo to Sault Ste Marie and he left behind the corporate world.
Alongside my Uncle, he operated a silk screening and embroidery company before selling it to start his own renovation company, The Makeover Magician. (I can still remember my younger brother drawing the Wizard holding a paintbrush logo)
Although I am not a parent (yet, don’t worry Mom) I think the role is to guide their children along the winding road called life. Often, as children, we don’t understand the value of the lesson until much later when our newfound maturity helps us to appreciate it. We are shaped unknowingly long before adulthood.
This is true of many of the lessons my parents taught me in all aspects of life. Funnily enough, my Father taught me about being an entrepreneur long before I realized or headed down that path. There are three ideas, let’s call them rules, that I will always remember.
#1 Quality of Work –
My father has always stressed quality of work and takes great pride in his. He was preaching mastery of craft as the basis for success and I had no idea. We would walk through the finished contract after completion and admire this craftsmanship and attention to detail. My father taught us to do the absolute best job possible, regardless of the task. There is a beautiful Picasso quote that I associate with quality of work.
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’
Instead, I was a painter and became Picasso.
#2 Fairness –
I can remember my father shaking his head disapprovingly at the price certain contractors had given potential clients. He realized that he had a skill others did not and although they needed him he did not believe in abusing or exploiting the situation. Fairness was a constant in his work and also around our house, it can be difficult to be fair in every situation but we had to try our best.
#3 Live a Life you Love –
Choosing a life you love, a life that isn’t “safe” or considered “smart” by societal standards is an exceptionally difficult choice and one my father always supported. He would tell my brothers and I to “Find something you love, then figure out how to make a living with it”. This idea allowed us to explore and create. When I decided to change majors from policing to kinesiology he supported it, when I choose to fight professionally he supported it, I have never been afraid to follow my heart and my life is so much fuller for it.
We have had the good fortune in the last couple of years to have The Makeover Magician — owned and operated by Perry Vilaca — come into our lives.
He has pride in his work, integrity and the understanding to listen to what people want and how they would like it done — a rare trait.
-Brenda and Elio Concil