We are nearly at 1st June, which is a date that cazden celebrate as it was the date that we launched the business back in 2010. It was just Caz and Den back then (hence cazden) and although exciting, it was also a very sad, scary time for me. I would say it was one of the hardest moments in my life.
Caz and I worked hard to launch our website and business on 1st June so my Dad could see it. He died on June 19th having fought as hard as he could against one of the most aggressive cancers that exist – acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. My son was also just 7 months old at the time.
It was all too sudden and from diagnosis to death was a matter of weeks. Near the end, I asked Dad if I could interview him and he agreed. Occasionally I listen to the recording without looking at the screen as the Dad I see when I close my eyes isn’t the one on this recording. Dad held no regrets in life, he visited the places he wanted to visit (USA) and he felt content. I don’t know where he found the strength to die with such dignity and grace.
When I asked him for advice for me, he said:
- You were born to be your own boss and cazden will be a great success. You should keep chasing your dreams.
- Be yourself as people buy from people and people love you (a Dad comment!)
- Always believe you can and you will.
- Never give up, mistakes will happen and you can learn from them.
Dad said I had a big heart and a lovely husband and son and he was happy to finally see his family circle complete. Of course, I wish he was still here to have met my daughter but I try to focus on the fact he at least got to see me being a Mum and a business owner.
His words have stayed with me and one of the fundamental principles of cazden is to treat people as we would expect to be treated. It’s quite sad how many people thank us for sending a rejection email to them as they say it is more than they normally get. We are always honest and upfront even if that means we can’t help someone.
So my thought for the day is; what legacy will you leave behind? For my Dad, it would be the following:
- He was always right even when he was so clearly wrong!
- He was honest and upfront.
- He worked hard and provided for his family, not just financially but emotionally.
For me, I hope my legacy is similar to my Dad’s:
- I am teaching my kids the value of hard work whilst not sacrificing time with them – I never work a weekend.
- I am always honest and true to what values and beliefs I hold.
- Something we always tell candidates when we do interview prep. If a company doesn’t want you because of culture fit, don’t take offence just know that you wouldn’t flourish there.
- Never, ever give up, just keep on swimming, keep on swimming….