Leave a Lasting Impression

by Frank

cheapskate t-shirtIf all I had to describe me was my name, Frank Jennings, I wonder what type of responses it would invoke with my love ones, peers, friends, and enemies. I bet every person I ask I would get a completely different response.

BACK DOWN MEMORY LANE

For example, my immediate family would have a response most probably wouldn’t expect, unless you spent time with me recently. If you ask them how they would describe Frank Jennings it would be quick, simple and direct. “CHEAP.” I had one bad experience when I was a kid that they will never let me live down. One year for Christmas my lovely parents decided instead of buying us gifts they would give us cash to buy our own presents and also gifts for our family.

I was given a wonderful lump sum of money. I was 13 years old. I had not yet read a book on personal finance, boy if I could turn back the time. So, what do you think I did? I bought myself everything I wanted and bought $20 worth of gifts from the dollar store for my family. I figured they would like quantity over quality. I was wrong. Now, I am known as the cheapskate. Not fair, right? I did it again a few more years until they got the point. I am not responsible. Therefore I rightly own the title of cheap from the home folks.

IN THE EYES OF A CHILD

Now lets take Ian for example, my 6 year old son. If you were to ask him what he thinks about Frank Jerome Jennings II the response will be a little bit different. To Ian I am Superman. I am a man that can’t be defeated by anything or anyone. Clearly he hasn’t seen me get in a fight before. But to Ian my name is GOLD. He will defend me and fight you until he can’t stand if you try to tell him any different.  (Please be careful he knows karate.)

I think it is extremely important to understand that if we don’t correct our past mistakes people will judge us based on our previous actions.

THE SPARK

In our lives we have the opportunity to interact with all different types of people. Sometimes we meet them face to face others we talk to over the phone or the internet. Even though they may just seem like a routine event each interaction you have leaves an impression rather good or bad that is tied to you legacy.  I want to be remembered for my actions not by my selfishness.

Remember the people who thought you were a quitter.

Prove them wrong.

Remember the day you felt helpless and confused.

Stand confident and strong.

Remember the day darkness tried to take over your life.

Unleash the light within you.

I dare you to look back at your life and find the people who called you “CHEAP” and find a way to make them call you “Superman”.

I want someone other than my son to think I am great. Faith without works is dead. Find out the legacy tied to your name and change it to leave a lasting impression.

Make today count!