Relationships are more important than money.
Simon T. Bailey learned this important lesson in life through his daughter Madison.
Bailey is an American speaker, author, life coach and entrepreneur.
He recalls this story of how Madison came into his office not too long ago.
“She said, ‘Hey Daddy, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘Hey baby girl, how are you?’ I was preparing to go on a trip out of town, and I was busy scurrying around.
I was not totally focused on her. She says to me, ‘Daddy, I see you’re busy, I’ll just come back later.’ I said, ‘Okay, baby girl.’”
On the plane, Bailey had this realization.
“It hit me that I missed a moment for spending that quality time with my baby girl,” he tells Goalcast.
“Because I was emotionally clueless, and emotionally unavailable, because I was so busy trying to make so much money that my ladder was against the wrong wall.”
He then recalled what his ex-wife said to him, “You give everybody the best of you, but you give us the rest of you, and I don’t want the leftovers anymore.”
He realized he was giving his children the wrong example.
“What I discovered, if I continued to model that behavior for my baby girl, that she would marry a joke like me who ignored her like her dad did,” Bailey said.
“What I recognize is that I had to move from hearing Madison to listening to Madison, because the same letters that spell the word listen spell the word silent.”
Through his daughter, he learned how women should be treated.
“When I have that time with my baby girl, I’m dialing in, ‘How are you?’ I’m modeling something for her brother as to how he’s supposed to treat a woman,” Bailey notes.
“Women don’t need us to fix anything, they just want to know are we emotionally available and emotionally dialed in to know where they are.”
Invest in love.
This is the story of how one daughter made her father question everything. Speaker: Simon T. Bailey
Posted by Goalcast on Sunday, 17 June 2018