My dad always told me I would never amount to anything, but my mom always told me she knew I could become whatever I wanted to. I am not sure which one helped me more, to be honest with you. My mother made me feel loved, but Dad made me feel like I had something to prove. Perhaps making himself the “bad guy” so to speak spurred me on to greater success than I otherwise would have had. It’s hard to say, but between the two of them they enabled me to be the best I could be. Even though I never did very well in school, I excelled in night classes for my HVAC certification exam. I managed to pass that exam with flying colors, and land a job with a heating and cooling contractor the very next week. My dad still wasn’t impressed, even though I was making more as an HVAC tech then he did in his entire career as a truck driver. This kept me striving for greater and greater success, until one day I found myself as the co-owner of my own HVAC contracting business. I surprised my mom on her birthday with a new central A/C for her house, and my dad still scoffed. At this point, I realized that my success in the HVAC industry had given me the confidence to not care if he approved or not. Not only was I skilled enough to repair or replace any air conditioner or furnace on the market, but I was supporting my own family, plus his.