We must know the value of our work, for it to be fulfilling. We must believe that our work is good and that what we stand for is being expressed through what we do. Having defining values that matter and letting them guide our steps can turn life from frustrating, to joyous and happy.
Whenever I wanted a hero, I never had to look any further than home; my father always was one. John W. Carter Sr. and Value were congruent terms.
We kept a sport’s chest in my home. Balls and gear were handed down from my brother to me. And then repaired by a father, who made every-thing last, as long as it could. For instance, we had a family Spaulding football. Today, it is approximately 50 years old and in good repair. But it was not always this way. My brother and I literally wore it out. So much so that the stitches went away.
I will never forget my father taking that football into his shop and painstakingly making new laces from shoe strings, he specially made in some type of coating. These laces were so artfully installed that the ball was made literally better than new, especially after my father treated the leather. His work was so extraordinary that even after years of me playing with it; it is still in great shape today.