This one's going to be emotional.
Last weekend was a big one.
Our older daughter Gabby just graduated from college.
It was SO FUN for my wife Becky and I to both to see her all weekend, attend the graduation in person and celebrate all she accomplished:
I was so excited I invented a new dad move.
Here's a photo of what I'm calling The Big Squeezer.
There was a LOT to celebrate.
A lot for a dad to be proud of.
We didn't talk much about Gabby's accomplishments as we spent the weekend with her.
We all reflected on her effort:
Last weekend was amazing.
I couldn't be prouder as a father.
Proud of Gabby's accomplishments.
Proud of her results.
But what I'm most proud of?
How hard she worked to build her skills.
There's no doubt in my mind:
Growing our skills is the best investment we can make.
I'm elated with how our podcast is growing!
We've grown nearly 3x from last fall, and I was happy with it then. We're making a big impact.
I think it's the amazing guests that are creating word of mouth: James Clear, Dorie Clark, Kelley O'Hara, Dan Pink, Vanessa Van Edwards, Molly Fletcher, Josh Kaufman, Michael Hyatt and so many more.
Mashing up our business development expertise with each of their expertise is building my skills!
I'm learning so much.
Great news: we just created a YouTube channel just for the podcast!
There's just an episode or two there now because we're slowly adding all the back catalog
Subscribing now is a great way to:
Gabby made a big investment in herself in college.
She had a great college career.
She built an incredible base of skills.
Investing in ourselves is the best investment we can make.
My technique: pick one skill at a time to focus on.
Read the best books. Listen to killer podcasts. Roll up my sleeves and practice, even if it seems risky.
My friend Josh Kaufman found that the first 20 hours of learning a skill are the most important, so I commit to at least 20 hours per skill.
What's the next skill you want to commit to learning?
Pause for a sec and think about that.
I usually end these articles with a question for you, just like that one. The pause naturally happens, since it's the end.
But today, there's more. One more thing.
My friends, this is a plot twist.
Gabby is going to be successful.
The habit of investing in herself is going to be key.
But there's something even more important.
And it's what I'm most proud of as a father.
It's what I believe is the most important thing that brings success.
And happiness too.
For all of us.
This is what I'm most proud of.
Gabby is kind.