My Grandsons Brought Me Joy Last Night


On Tuesday I had one of the worst days I’ve had in the law business for a number of years.  Why?  Computer failure.  No, Not Computer Failure, but instead Personal Failure.

I coach lawyers all the time to delegate, delegate, delegate.  As the owner of your business, a business that should be designed to give you financially the life of your dreams and desires, you should not be involved in the minutia of its existence.

You need to begin with systems.  I mean systems for everything you do more than 3 or 4 times.  I call them “howwedoes”.  That’s slang for “How We Do’s”.

  • This is how we answer the phone.
  • This is how we accept the mail.
  • This is how we put papers into paper files.
  • This is how we saved documents (and where).

You get the point.  Once the systems are set up, they should be handled by someone else.

BUT, you mustn’t, absolutely mustn’t neglect what Ronald Reagan said about the Soviets:

“Trust, But Verify.”

He said “Trust, But Verify!”

I say, “Delegate, But Verify.”

Once you set up a system, be sure that it is working AND that you periodically follow-up just to insure that the system that was designed is in fact the system that is being followed.

So that brings me back to the title of this post, “My Grandsons Brought Me Joy Last Night.”

We had a major disaster in my office on Tuesday because I forgot the warning of President Reagan and my admonition and instructions to other attorneys who I coach.

I beat myself up all day. (No, I mean really beat myself up!”

But when I got home I had my two grandsons.  You see it was Mimi day.  Which also means it was Mimi night as well.  That’s when we get to just hang out and do fun things that a 3 year old and a 15 month old wants to do.

Guess what?  They are not too much into worrying about granddad’s failures.  Nor are they into worrying about me letting my business down.

Here’s what they are in to:

Swinging on swings.

Sliding on slides.

Cutting out pictures from magazines.

Glueing pictures on cardboard.

Wresting on the bed.

Playing in the tub.

And there’s more……………lots more.

So I thought I’d share this with you.

When you make a big mistake, perhaps you’re the one with the failure.  Don’t forget, there’s life after that failure.

There’s laughter.

There’s giggling.

There’s smiles.

And, there’s snuggling.

My Grandsons Brought Me Joy Last Night.  I just wanted to share it with you.

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june medvec September 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Dan, God brings the small things into our lives, at the very moment we need them. Your two precious packages tied
up with giggles, snuggling and unconditional love was to remind you that those big things are not so “big” after all!
Bless you, my friend, for sharing!

DanScott Dan Scott September 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

@june medvec: Thanks June. This is a lesson I’ve known before. It was good to “re-learn” it. See you at the end of the month.

Allison September 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

This brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart as well.

DanScott Dan Scott September 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

@Allison: Thanks Allison.

Angela White Marine October 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Hi Dan Scott, I was your secretary on Bruce Street back when I first moved to Sevier County in 1988. Often people will ask me “how do you know so much about computers” and my answer is always the same “I had to put one together and start billing Dan’s client’s right out of the gate.” I remember your boys running around the office and the big flood when you and Faith were out of town and I had to call you to let you know. So many memories. Loved your blog about your Grandsons. I have four myself. My son Matthew is a GySgt in the USMC and Lindie is living in Nashville and Amanda is a second grade teacher at Pigeon Forge Primary. I left the City of Gatlinburg in 2006 after 16 years… couldn’t take the politics any longer. Life is good…just wanted to say hello to you and Faith. Blessings… Angela

DanScott DanScott October 21, 2010 at 3:01 am

Thanks for the note Angela. Brings back memories. Thanks to you and your son for his service to our country.

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