There are two types of hardworking dads.
The first is the man who works tirelessly to provide for his family. He is no stranger to sacrificing his own happiness, well-being, and fulfillment so he can provide for his family.
He's a man who was raised with the virtues of honor and integrity. He recognizes that the value of his word directly correlates to the value of him as a man.
He believes that the sacrifices he makes for the ones he loves are part of being a man.
But deep down he resents himself and he has some regret for not being able to have the integrity with himself that he tries so hard to have with the world around him.
He works hard, shows up, and is no stranger to working 60+ hours per week.
He's accepted the life that he leads because he's convinced that the monotonous hamster wheel he calls life is what's normal for men like him.
Deep down he knows that he can be better, he wants better, but he hides behind his family like a false martyr, using them as an excuse for why he doesn't have the time, energy, money, or motivation to be the man he knew he was meant to be.
He chooses the excuses because it's easier.
Then there's the man who works just as hard, and holds just as much value in honor, integrity, and work ethic.
He works tirelessly to provide for his family and works to be the best man he can be in everything he does.
He makes the same "sacrifices."
The only difference?
He understands that his integrity is not only measured by the word he keeps to other men, but also by the word he keeps to himself.
Instead of using his family, his job, or his obligations as an excuse to be less.
He uses them as fuel to be more.
He understands that by investing in himself and showing up as the best of himself for those he loves, he's giving them the best of himself.
He brings that same mindset to his relationship with his wife, his job, his business, his health, and the rest of his life.
Through this, he has built confidence.
And through that confidence, he is able to be more than just another man living to die.
Which man are you?