Vroman Family Cornerstones, Love & Respect and NOT Following In Your Father’s Footsteps with Jon & Rick Vroman

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Fellas, today’s episode is near and dear to my heart because I’m here with my very own Front Row Dad, Rick Vroman. Many of you are likely aware of my father’s impact in shaping the man I am today, but we’re digging a little deeper here and going back to my father’s childhood and taking a peek into our own evolution as fathers.

You’ll hear what it was like for my father to grow up with a pretty demanding dad and his experiences and importance of hard work and providing for his family. But we’ll also get into some fun stuff like fishing trips, where our athletic bloodlines and my entrepreneurial spirit come from, and some family traditions that go way back.

We talked about the bond we share of never feeling pressured to follow in our father’s footsteps, why my Dad never tried to nudge me toward a specific career or path in sports, and how the best parts of moving around so much as a child allowed me to explore and reinvent myself.

Finally, we talked about our Family Cornerstones document that my Dad created when I was very young, why he wrote it, and how much that document still means to both of us to this day. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

A Wide-Ranging Conversation Through…

  • Rick’s childhood with a very demanding father
  • Carving your own path is sports, not your Dad’s
  • Wishing for more heart-to-heart convos
  • Parenting goal: Make the next generation better
  • Embracing responsibility, hard work and persistence
  • The different seasons of fatherhood
  • Being happy by NOT following in your father’s footsteps
  • What if we made different choices as young fathers?
  • The Vroman’s Family Cornerstones and core values
  • Rick’s vision for the future in his relationships
“I realized that you didn’t have to have the most natural talent in the world, if you just worked at it, if you’re persistent, you will succeed.” - Rick Vroman Share on X “Being humble and admitting mistakes is not a weakness. It’s really a strength.” - Rick Vroman Share on X “The only way in which you become more loving is by demonstrating.” - Rick Vroman Share on X “I wasn’t the best wrestler, I wasn’t the best soccer player, wasn’t the best naval officer, but I was persistent, and I kept trying and that will get you a long way.” - Rick Vroman Share on X

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