Dillon & Earl on the GO: X-Country Summer Camping Trip 2017: Day 7- We conquered Sioux Falls, SD, but not as much as we wanted to. Sioux Falls has an AWESOME history and we wanted to explore its beautiful, raging waterfalls even more.
Before traveling to Falls Park, Dillon and I stopped by a prospective client. As always, when he travels with me, I allow him to join me in meetings….mainly because he seems to ask better questions than me and because I want him to see me how business relationships are built (my uncle Thomas did the same with me and it certainly helped build my business acumen). After a few minutes of negotiating, and both myself and the client feeling like this deal doesn’t work, I peeked over at Dillon and I could tell he wanted to say something….just as the words were about to come out, the meeting ended with a handshake, but no deal. When we walked away from the client, Dillon said, “dad, that was kinda disappointing huh?”. I said, “no son, it was just another challenge to select the right partner in Sioux Falls”. I’ve ALWAYS been a glass half-full rather than a glass half empty guy.
Sooooo, before we left, I sat in the truck and wrote the client a thank you card. I thanked him for his time and efforts, and I also thanked him for allowing my son to see me in a moment of “LET’S GO BABY” which means, it’s time to move on rather than allow the situation to deflate me. In other words, it was time to pack up and #DRIVETHEBUSINESS (means perseverance) somewhere else and another time! While at Falls Park watching the water rage over the rocks, I explained to Dillon again that a man is not measured on how many times he gets knocked down, but rather how many times he gets up. My baby boy is 7 years old and he understood exactly what I meant. In fact, he mentioned his last soccer game as a reference (they didn’t win, but he knows that he is still a superstar).
With all that said, we are now in Mount Rushmore and it’s AWESOME! We saw glimpse of the monument while driving to this HUGE KOA resort camp site and we both almost cried (we’ve been wanting to take this trip and see the monument for years). I’m also excited to share that one of our GO owners, Corey, is traveling here to be our personal tour guide….we’ll be sure to post more pics!
OAN: I feel soooo good right now. I mean better than I have felt in a LONG time and I ALWAYS feel good! Maybe its these mountains or just maybe it’s because Dillon is worthy of every second, minute, hour, day of my life (not to exclude my Daughter Fuzzy or my Wife Tamika), but it’s a father and son thing ?