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My Dad (Doug Enke) Has Decided To Become A Baller

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by on 12-08-2007 at 04:23 AM (17634 Views)
This is going to be somewhat of a personal post, but to me one of my most meaningful ever. The title of the post is because my Dad bought himself my mom a brand new Lexus RS300.

Let me tell a quick story. I grew up up in the middle class midwest (Rockford). When I was growing up, my parents really did not have a lot of money at all. My Dad has worked for United Technologies for most of his professional career.

He is a Senior Quality Engineer there. To be honest, nobody in my family for the past 30 years has had any idea what he really does..... To this day we still really don't know. Although one time when I was a kid, he had government security clearance for a NASA project. <----------probably just got Dad fired.

Anyways, throughout my life my parents struggled financially like any other middle class family with 4 kids does. My Dad had a firm belief however that my Mom would stay home and take care of all the kids in our family. And through all the hard times my Mom did just that. I attribute much of my success to that.

But more of my success I attribute to my Dad being a hard worker and passing that trait down to myself and my brothers and sister. When I was in 7th grade I had a paper route. Similar to now days, I loved to sleep in. To this day I remember a few times when my dad would wake me up and make sure I "got to work". Often times, it was not a polite wake up either!

Thinking of my dad though, personally I can't imagine working in Corporate America for 40 years. But my dad has done it and now financially is doing better than 90% of the people in our area. No, they are not living in a mansion, nor are they balling out of control. But I am damn proud to say that he has made a great life for my Mom. My mom, who I love to death has never had to work a day in her life. And I can say that I am extremely proud and grateful of my Dad for providing this for her.

If there is anything I have learned from him, and one of the most important things in the world, it's how to be a good father. Throughout the years he really has been the best father in the world. I know many people can't say this, which sucks, and that's why it makes me extremely thankful that I can.

Now days, whenever I have tough business decisions to make, he is one of the first people I go to. He has seen all the bullshit and has gone through it himself at some point throughout his time.

Although I am motivated and always trying to make more money, I don't come from money. I come from a hard working midwest family. I wanted to make this post about my dad for a three reasons.
1. To say thank-you to him for all the inspiration he has given to me and the rest of our siblings over the years.

2. To point out how important it is to be a great parent, and encourage your kids to be everything they can be.

3. To make the readers realize that life is not all about money. It's about being a great family man or women.

Like I said in the beginning of this post, it would be personal. But I hope anybody reading this will take a few minutes out of our busy lives to thank the people that got us here. For me, I have my dad to thank for being such a great father. Years ago when everyone else told me I would fail on the whole internet business, my dad was always my biggest supporter. And for that I thank him.

Whether it is your dad, your mom, your best friend, your spouse, or anybody else. You should take a minute to thank the people that supported you or still are supporting you in this crazy business.

Thanks Dad!...........Don't wreck Mom's car, unless you're totally fuct.

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    Yes,We should thank our parents.the people who supported us.take some time to stay with them,play with them.It's true that money is not the only thing.We have so many things to care about,such as the people who loved us,and the people who we loved.
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    Very cool post Jeremy. I don't have kids now but when I do I hope to give them all the things in the world I did not have growing up.

    Also just saw the cluster map widget, good stuff.
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    Great post Jeremy! I think people take for granted the support and love that they get from those around them. My dad was everything to me and it's funny he was the typical working man spending 60+ hours a week trying to get a little bit ahead. He told the same jokes, had alot of pride in him, but what I will never forget was how understanding and supportive he was even when my decsion making wasn't the greatest.He was just always there and I am truely thankful for that. There is nothing more important than family.
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    Excellent Post!!
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    Great Post, I totally agree how important it is to have your parents encouragement.
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    Hey Jeremy...curious were your parents/family always accepting of you working in this particular industry? I have read others who havent even told their family the exact area of marketing they do because of the perception people have of gambling. Myself when i said something to my grandmother her only concern was if I could go to jail lol
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    Nice post. I guess we sometimes need to think of the larger aspects of life. I hope your mom likes the new car Getting support from your close family is great and something everyone would wish for. Its not allways that easy to tell your partents about this great idea you have, as they tend to know better At least its like that for me.
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    BTW, congratulate you mom and dad with the new car from me
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    Awesome post. My dad would never let me miss a day of work when I was back at home as a teenager and I often started at 5:30 a.m. Definitely some unpleasant mornings here as well. I come from a similar situation where we were not well off but my dad worked his ass off to support all of us - I can really appreciate your respect for him.

    I think one of the reasons I like so money so much is because I never had a lot growing up. I learned at an early age that you need to work hard to get where you want to be in this world.
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    Great post Jeremy, I can relate to the "father-alarm-clock" you mention. I am sure my dad is motivation for me doing a lot of things and working so hard.
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    I give a ton of credit to my parents for giving me the work ethics I have today. Nothing like waking up to your Dad telling you to get your ass out the bed.
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    <p>Hey Kaus,</p>
    <p>When my family first found out that my business involved gambling, I think they were a little leary. Of course this was back when I was registering offshore companies and such.</p>
    <p>I think they realize now however that it is really just a marketing career. I have all but given up however trying to explain to people how affiliate programs work, and then throw in the confusing component of rake and FPP's to someone that doesn't understand poker either.</p>
    <p>Anyone I do not know or don't feel like having a 20 minute conversation with, I just say internet marketing for online poker sites and leave it at that.</p>
    <p>As long as I never go to jail, my parents are fine with the gambling business. If my business were porn, they might feel the opposite. Good thing that is just an occasional hobby </p>
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    If my business were porn, they might feel the opposite. Good thing that is just an occasional hobby.

    Hopefully your mother doesn't read the comments Jeremy.


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