A gift from father to daughter- Jack O’Sullivan
Jack O’Sullivan is a father, grandfather, and retired attorney. He gifted our SUCCESS bracelet to his daughter to encourage her to follow her dreams, knowing that she has the confidence to achieve anything she puts her mind to.
This is his story, and a few words of encouragement from a ‘stud grandfather’.
Girls just want to have fun, or so it would be cast.
Closer to current Irish culture, our girls want to be successful women. The definition of that challenge is elusive, varied, and full of complications unique to each young woman. My daughters consciously want careers that lead to a business (or independent professions). They eschew any idea of being a helpmate homebody to a husband while he has a career. Warning: do not try to convince your daughter otherwise.
If you take advice from a “stud grandfather,” engage with your daughter in her ambition. Enter her hopes with fatherly support. Listen to her describe her odd potential future. Praise her efforts and acknowledge her courage to dream about her success. Find time to be alone with her. Admire her and just joyously be her dad. Let her confide with you and discover how you believe in her vision and trust that she has all it takes to make her own life happen. Surely, you want to express your enduring love for her, especially as she begins to move away from you.
Then, at some point that will speak its name, be prepared to give your daughter permission to be great – as she defines it; seal that special moment forever in her heart with an amulet of your undying affection.
Surprise her and capture that moment of your commitment to her dream.
I did that with my daughter Rachel at one of our private dinner meetings. I gave her a Success® Bracelet by Melissa Curry. I remember she cried when I told her she would be very successful, and she tells me she likes to wear it going to meetings on her left wrist.