I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend. I had a great weekend spending time with family and friends.

Thank you to everyone who works hard and makes our country what it is today. Whether a union member or non-union member, a professional or non-professional – we all do our job to keep our country going strong.

Hard work is the foundation for success – and I am glad I had a father who taught me what it means to work hard. He taught me first hand as I worked for him in our family painting business — “Ritchie’s Painting Service, Inc.”

My Dad was a farmer his whole life. When I was in 5th grade my Dad started his own painting business as well. We painted barns, sheds, houses, grain elevators, and other commercial buildings.

I worked for my Dad’s painting business every summer from the time I was in 5th grade – all the way through college. I even came back to paint the summer before I went to law school.

At 10 years old, I started mixing paint buckets and moving ladders so my Dad could keep painting without having to stop. At the ripe old age of 16 – I was in charge of my own paint crew and drove the old bucket truck to jobs myself.

It was hard work — we painted through terribly hot days and came home physically exhausted – but I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. Being able to work with my Dad and learn from him what it means to have a strong work ethic was priceless . . . and something I will never forget.

I do miss those days on the paint truck. If I hadn’t become an attorney – I would probably have my own painting business now.

Thank you to my Dad who taught me how to work hard. He taught me grit – which according to this article – is the #1 thing you can teach your kids so they are successful in school and in life.

Thanks to all of you who work hard everyday. Happy Labor Day.