For many of you, the new year brings about an opportunity for a fresh start and great optimism. While I am always excited about new opportunities a new year can bring, each new year, however, also brings me a great deal of sadness. 17 years ago tomorrow, I lost my father, Jeff Stein. My dad was my best friend, mentor, and confidant. His loss has affected my family greatly, and it is still felt today. Since losing him, I have always stove to make him proud of not only my professional accomplishments, but also my character as a person.
I could write a book about all my father taught me in the 13 plus years I was blessed to have him, but perhaps, his greatest lesson was treating people with the same respect that you’d hope they would treat you. My dad simply loved people. He was funny, generous, and kind to anyone he met, and I can honestly say, I never heard a bad word said about my father. Another lesson my father taught me is; with hard work anything can be achieved. Despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, neither of my parents ever let me become complacent, and constantly pushed me to achieve and work for the life I want. It is because of their encouragement, that I have the achieved many goals, and continue to look for opportunities to make an impact on those around me.
My father made a profound impact on my life, and the lives of anyone he came in contact with. It is my hope that when my days are accomplished that those who remember me will say that I made a positive impact on their lives, just as my father had. I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Be good to each other!