Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Growing up with my role model dad has left me as a very understanding and compassionate individual who cares about the community and feels a sense of pride in giving back to the world. My dad was a very big influence on my day to day life as he shaped my attitudes, beliefs and morals which have helped me surpass many challenges and given me a great launching pad to create and pursue my future dreams. He always taught me to just be myself and follow my intuition and chase down my dreams and always motivated at every crucial juncture of my life. My dad taught me valuable leadership skills that have enabled me to both draw and impart knowledge to lives of people that I come across in my day to day life and has made me a better human being.
My dad taught me how to be street smart and put me through various tests which are essential survival skills needed to compete in the connected and advanced world that I live in. I learnt the art of perfection and he made me do things with the utmost care and commitment which have translated into a strong work ethic in my personal life. I feel truly blessed to have his as my dad as I could not have asked for such unconditional love and care which not every child gets in his life.
My dad use to have so much fun when I was a kid. The thing about him that really stood out from the other dads that I have come across in my life his friendliness and cool attitude in dealing with tough situations. I remember scoring low in one of my examinations and being really disappointed with the results despite a tremendous amount of hard work and suffering. I was cornered and yelled at by most of other members of the family, scorned at by my friends, rejected by my teacher but yet there was someone who stood by me shoulder to shoulder and shared my pain and gave me motivation during those tough times. You really know if someone is a real friend when that person is around you when you really need them in trying times and there he was comforting me standing by me when I most needed him.
Then he guided me and mentored on how to overcome that initial set backs and created a plan for me to follow with a cool mind. He asked me to just ignore the society and just focus on the job at hand and give it my best shot and not worry about the consequences and the end goal. He asked me to be sincere in what so ever I do because without personal passion nothing is ever accomplished and that makes all the difference in the world.
I quickly was able to turn things around and was able to get my act together despite having to face to numerous challenges in my life, I came out on top.
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