To my five darling daughters -
How thankful I am to have you all as my daughters. You are all unique, sassy, well educated, confident and smart. You have survived the bumblings of my attempts at fatherhood and despite this have turned out fine young women. You all are unique and significant.
There will be many things that I will only be able to look on and encourage you about in life - ultimately you will need to live your life and find your balance. Now as young adults I no longer will be able to brush off a grazed knee or concoct some fanciful notion to cover an ugly life-truth, nor will I be able to figure out how to ward off future illness, sadness or unsavoury life events for you. Nevertheless, I intend to be around for a quite while - but not for ever.
I commend to you all the power of being gracious, of poise, of times of quietness and reflection. I counsel you all to consider the effectiveness of emotional intelligence and the virtues of being wise as a serpent yet harmless as a dove. Be street-smart but never lose your dignity. Commit to bringing the best out in others as this is a far wiser use of your energy than trying to change others. Be frugal, yet seek quality. Be wise, but humble. Include all, but rely on none. Seek contentment punctuated with occasional bursts of happiness as this is very achievable and is the foundation to a good life. Be unfailingly kind to each other.
I learned late in life the basic rules of wealth and thus now exhort the five of you to heed these powerful habits now in your early lives. These five habits of wealth cannot be employed later in life with the same astonishing outcomes compared to employing them from the outset of your working lives.
These five habits of wealth are as follows:
1. Invest forever one fifth of every dollar that comes your way.
2. Actively and openly spend one tenth of your income on your community for its betterment.
3. Spend the rest on living with delight and quality
4. Specialise in your chosen fields of work.
5. Arise with the sun and be mindful of the moon
These five habits will quietly make you inevitably and unostentatiously wealthy, philanthropic, significant community contributors, discerning consumers, indispensable experts in businesses and motivated healthy achievers.
Wealth is an immeasurably important servant to many important factors in life - these five habits will make you worthy and capable administrators thereof. The unwavering application of these five habits will mean your wealth is inevitable.
I regret having not taught you these things from childhood and embedding them soundly into your psyches - but I simply never knew them to be able to teach you. Nevertheless, all is not lost as I now hand these five powerful habits across to you - not to talk about, but to do. Your bit is to outwork the five habits into your lives in your own particular ways. I will encourage you all the way.
The beautiful thing about these five habits for you five women, is that they will not only make you prosperous but all those around you too. Wherever you go, these five habits will create growth, significance, empowerment, gratitude, loyalty and improvement for all. There will be astounding outcomes, of this you have my word.
All my love to you my dear daughters. Of a surety the courage and savviness of our forebears has come alive again in you all ..... and the world awaits you.