I'm blessed to have a dad that is not only a role model for me as to how to live and enjoy life - but who is also someone I love to hang out with!
One of the greatest lessons I learned from him is perseverance. Dad has the rare experience of having lost his thumb while team roping. Actually, losing fingers while roping isn't necessarily rare. What makes his situation unique is that he's lost three thumbs.
Yes, that's right... three.
The second time he lost a thumb the doctors were able to sew it back on. A few years later, he lost that one too.
Most people would have given up a sport that took such a physical toll. Not my dad. His passion for the sport kept him going.
Many times during the two years I spent submitting the manuscript for Living The Savvy Life I thought of him. As I received rejection letter after rejection letter, 36 total, I thought about how he literally, kept getting back in the saddle. I believed in my book and its message, but I also love working on the material. It's my passion. So I kept sending query letters until I finally received an offer.
I learned from my dad to live life with passion! Don't worry about falling down. Just keep getting up and enjoy the journey!
My dad and I at this year's Chowchilla Stampede.