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Cleaning Lessons from the Greatest Generation

Dad is 87. Mom is 88.

Dad fought in the ‘Battle of the Bulge’. Mom, worked as a code-breaker in Washington – both part of what is now being called by many ‘America’s Greatest Generation’.

They’re a tough act to follow. Living through both the Great Depression and World War II, their discipline, sacrifice and work ethic speak volumes about their character.

I often think how lucky I am to have them as parents. Here’s a few of the things they taught me:

Lesson 1 – They taught me to value time. They taught me that life is a gift, and that it was my responsibility to act accordingly. I learned that starts with NOT wasting time.

Lesson 2 – They taught me to value work….by example. No explanation needed.

Lesson 3 – They taught me to value learning. School was a gift – not to be wasted. But it didn’t stop with school. We were taught to respectively listen to and learn from adults.

Lesson 4 – They taught me to value the ‘early morning’. I know this one sounds funny, but they grew up among farmers. Thankfully they shared this ‘early riser’ trick… that birds seem to like, but teenagers seem to hate.

These are just some of the things that helped me build a successful cleaning business with Tony. You probably have similar lessons your parents taught you – things that help you get through the tough times.

The older I get, the more I realize how valuable these lessons are and how lucky we are to have been taught them by our parents.

Until next time, remember: “You Can Do This …You Really Can!”

- Dan

Please leave your comments below. Thanks, Dan

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