Do You Remember Who Gave You Your First Break?


This is the third in a collection of newspaper ads from United Technologies that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. The link to the original ad is at the end of this post.

I have been blessed that I have many people to thank for where I am today; teachers, friends, neighbors, coaches, and employers to name a few. But the people who have contributed the most to whatever success I have had are the members of my family. And if I had to answer who gave me my first break, it would undoubtedly be my parents.

My mom and dad were completely supportive of whatever I got involved with, from school, to swimming, to bowling, to just letting me be me. And they were completely committed to the value of education, so when it was time to go to college, they paid 100% of the cost. It was during those four years that I met some of my best friends, including my wife to be.

And the same thing happened when I decided to go to grad school. I still remember my dad selling part of his beloved coin collection to help with some of the costs. That type of support enabled me to start my career debt free and with a strong educational background.

My parents continued to provide support emotionally and financially as I got married, started a family, changed careers, and my wife and I bought our first house. My dad passed away over 20 years ago at a relatively young age, but his impact on my life continues to this day. And my mom is still my biggest fan.

And so to paraphrase Isaac Newton, if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of my parents.

Here is the link to the United Technologies ad that inspired this post.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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