Happy Father’s Day! In addition to all the mothers from the prior month, I’d like to give a big shout out to all the dads, grandfathers, uncles, the paternal types, and fathers-to-be.

This one goes out to my dad, who’s been an integral influence to my entrepreneurial tendencies and has demonstrated, time and again, what it means to have a cool head under pressure and the ability to laugh at yourself.

Thanks for uprooting and moving the family to America in hopes to start a new life of opportunity when you didn’t know a lick of English.

Thanks for letting me use your tools to make cardboard armor and wooden swords for me and my brother, which taught us how to build things if we really wanted something.

Thanks for giving me a brother who will take a bullet for me and I for him.

Thanks for letting me help you while you were fixing the car and making home improvements, as a kid, so that I could see what industriousness and resourcefulness meant.

Thanks for letting me play a small role in the family business during summer breaks and letting me experience what it means to contributing to the whole family as an integral team member.

I wasn’t a huge fan of this idea at first, but thank you for sending me off to military academy, where I could focus more energies on my academics versus my social lifestyle. The experience not only opened my eyes to my own capabilities but also made me realize that I can endure more perceived hardships than I previously imagined as a teen.

Thanks for continuing to demonstrate that you and mom can still be a great team and still have fun.

Thanks for giving me freedom from traditions that I didn’t agree with and allowing me to pursue my happiness.

Thanks for instilling resourcefulness, practicality, and ingenuity into my life.

Thanks for respecting and supporting my decisions in life, that is sometimes at-odds with tradition and what you believe in.

And most of all, thanks for the constant demonstration of self-sacrifice for the things you believe in and the people you love, as that’s also made me aware of how I want to foster my ecosystem.