I was watching an interview of Michael Strahan. Michael is a pro football Hall of fame player. He played his whole career with the New York Giants and led them to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He then went on to have a successful career on TV. He has been a host on Good morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Strahan, Sara, and Keke. He told this story about his childhood. I can see how this story as a child has impacted and led him to be successful as an adult.
At the age of nine his bike got stolen. It was not a new bike. Michael wanted a new bike, but not just any bike. He wanted a Kuwaharah BMX bike. His Dad told him that he would buy him one but that he would need to save up his half of the money. It took Michael two years to save the money. He saved $500 dollars and brought the money to his Dad. Michael's dad had not been saving his money and planning ahead like Michael so he had to scrape up the money.
Michael still owns and has this bike. For years he kept it in his Mom's attic. Now he has it as his home and it is hanging on the wall, He was asked if he was going to give it to his son. He laughed and said," No, that is my bike." That is great. He earned his bike and wants his son to work hard for what he wants. Sure Michael could afford to buy his son a fancy bike but he wouldn't learn a life lesson like he did. Michael learned a valuable lesson early in life and wants I love stories like this.