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W.I.N. Wednesday: You Must Be Very Proud

When I talk to people I have not seen in a while they usually ask how my two sons Jesse and Cody are doing. After I tell them about Jesse’s two Vine Arts boutique wine stores, his cocktail bar Proof, his restaurant Donna Mac and his online barware and glassware business 5th and Vermouth and Cody’s three restaurants, Native Tongues, Two Penny and Calcutta Cricket Club, they usually comment, “Wow. That is a tough business to be in these days.”, and ask how the businesses are doing. When I tell them about the success, the awards and the accolades they usually reply, “You must be very proud.”

I am proud. I am happy that the businesses are all successful but, that is not what makes me proud. 

I am proud of the fact they are willing to step up and pursue their dreams. I am proud that they were willing to take the risks that come with owning your own business. I am proud of all the hard work they continue to put in to build the businesses. I am proud that they understand the importance of continuing to innovate and improve to provide a better experience for their customers. I am proud of the maturity they have shown over the years. I am proud of the fact they are willing to have courageous conversations and make the tough leadership decisions. I am proud of how they treat their staff. I am proud that while they are always working to improve their current businesses they are also asking, “What’s the next challenge.” I am proud that they continue to make time for their significant others, friends and family. I am proud of their growth mindsets. I am proud of their humility over the years as they asked questions and sought help, advice and guidance from mentors and people who have experience and knowledge they did not. I am proud of their commitment to learn, grow and push themselves to continually expand their comfort zones. I am proud of the fact they continue to strive for excellence understanding that in the striving sometimes you will fail and when you do fail it is an opportunity to learn and to grow. 

I am excited about their success. I am proud of the effort that creates the opportunity for their success. 

Take care.

Brian Willis



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