What’s Your Favorite Day of the Week?

What’s Your Favorite Day of the Week?

Well, I know that may sound like a silly question to ask, unless you know the meaning behind it. If you ask most people what their favorite day of the week is… it is either the day that ends their work week (usually Friday), or pay day!

I remember growing up, my parents got paid every two weeks, and it just happen to be on Thursday’s. My dad was a maintenance supervisor at a chicken plant, and my mom had several jobs, but worked at Wal-Mart for a good part of my childhood.

One thing I remember growing up is loving Thursdays… well at least every other Thursday :). Now, this may seem crazy to some, but it was the one night I knew we would go out to eat dinner. Most of the time it would be Long John Silvers or Bonanza. Now, you have to remember I am from a small town in the USA, in the state of Arkansas; so some of you will laugh at this, but definitely some of you will relate!

To me, it is the little things in life that make the difference. Each one of us have our own traditions we have created. I can only imagine at some point when my kids are older, they will look back at growing up, and something that would be meaningless to someone else will be huge to them, and a reminder of where they come from.

What I love about being an entrepreneur is… # 1 I have learned to spell the word correctly :). But more importantly it has given me the time freedom to create some traditions, that otherwise would not have been possible.

One thing I am passionate about is coaching soccer. Right now I am the head coach of a U12 Girls competitive team, and honestly it is a huge part of my life. I truly love seeing kids develop, and also get the opportunity to teach them some major life lessons. Also, my youngest daughter happens to play for this team, so I get to spend a lot of quality time for her.

It has become a tradition in my family that if we have an out of town tournament I will check my girls out of school early, we will drive up early to the city we are traveling to, check in the hotel, and then go grab dinner. Now you may be saying… what’s the big deal? You see most families have to wait until they get off work at 5 or 5:30, rush home through traffic, then drive a few hours, grab some fast food on the way, to finally get the hotel at 9 pm or 10 pm, and are exhausted. If you have kids in competitive sports I bet you just said…”wow I can relate”.

You see, we all have our different reasons why we want “Pangea” (or whatever business you do), to work. Many of us say we will do whatever it takes to be successful. However, the truth is that most of us will only speak the words rather than sacrifice short term to benefit long term.

I can assure you I didn’t get to where I am at, overnight. The skills I have learned, and the person I have become along the way, has been much greater than the price I had to pay in the beginning.

My hope for you is that you take this thing called life by the horns, and make it work for you. Design your own life, on your own terms. Create some memories and traditions for you and your family that you will always remember, that can be passed down from generation to generation. And maybe… just maybe, if you play the game hard enough, some of your wealth will be passed on to those generations as well.

So get out there and create your “Favorite Day of the Week”!

James Ward
President & CEO
Pangea

“Bringing the World Together”

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