Living With Legends: The Simple Yet Exceptional Life of My Grandpa

Driving past a cemetery this morning had me thinking about the legacy of my Grandpa Nead.

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You’ll have to excuse the background noise, I’m driving past a cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. (LOTS OF TRAFFIC, YES!) But the cemetery got me thinking about the legacy of my late Grandpa Nead. I want you to think about those in your life that inspire you as you listen to this episode. There’s power in recognizing those that have gone before us because someone like my Grandpa Nead wasn’t “special.” He is one of the most successful men in my eyes, but generally speaking, he doesn’t have any accomplishments professionally or a fancy business title.⁣

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Grandpa Nead was born into a family of musicians. In a way he was raised as an only child. His family was always trying to make ends meet. Grandpa Nead only had an 8th grade education when he started working. (The most memorable story I heard was when he worked as a tugboat captain.) He later had five children, lived on a farm, rebuilt from the ground up when his family’s house burned down… and wow, looking through photos and talking to people at his funeral you suddenly shave off any title attached to him as a person. He created posterity and left an example of living a simple yet exceptional life.⁣

“Don't get caught up in 'earthly success', pursue that, but do so hand in hand with being present and putting time into your family. Because that is what's going to be remembered by the people who love you the most.” - Dallin Nead⁣

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I'm currently driving past a cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, and it got me thinking about legacy. And to me all of a sudden I just wanted to flip on my phone and record this episode to talk about the legacy of my grandfather. So, and I, as I do this I mean, really think about this story in the stories of my grandpa through the lens of those in your life who inspire you, whether it's a family member or friend or someone you've never really met. I think there's a lot of power in recognizing the people who have gone before and those who are currently living as to pulling inspiration into how we live our own lives. Because someone like my grandpa, this is my grandpa Nead. So my dad's father, he to the world's eyes, other people's eyes, I would say he wasn't anyone super special.

Just to be honest. I mean, it's not like he achieved any major title in business. Any major accomplishments in his professional life. But personally he was, is one of those successful men, man I ever knew. And, and the reason why I thought of Avastin cem eteries is big cemetery. You know, you think about looking at all these names and I was like, I haven't been to many funerals in my life and most recently, you know, I went to one if someone didn't really know. And then most recently, really the first funeral I went to was my first grandparent passed away. And I've had, I'm one of the youngest grandkids and there's a lot of, a lot of grandkids. And I've been lucky to have all my grandparents alive for the last 30 years. And so it was really, it was really surreal, a little bit you know, experience, you know, being afar when I heard of his passing.

Then they go into his funeral. Seeing family members again, I haven't seen for years, you know, there was that great blessing of being able to live with legends. And so as I speak of my grandfather not being a, I mean I feel like I'm getting a little choke up just talking about it. Actually. I having many accomplishments professionally. And that's, it's true. I mean, just to speak to his backstory a little bit is, you know, grandpa was born, I believe it was Washington state. I don't want to get all these facts wrong, but either way, he was born into a family of musicians I think is next to his brother's about eight years older than him. And so he was in some ways raised as an only child in a way. And with that lifestyle of having parents who are musicians and just trying to make ends meet he really fended for himself. You know, there's stories of him having to go kind of bump food off people or you know, being five or eight years old and having to walk home by himself and find his way, you know, like knock on the bar door of the the Tavern that his parents are playing music at and working at and being told by the bartender like, "Hey, your son's here." and then, you know, he, he's just trying to make by, I mean, like, I think he started smoking in his maybe five or eight. And he, he just picked up these habits and didn't really know any better because, not that he had terrible parents, but just the fact that it was the times it will be born in the 30s and not having much. That really became model for a lot of his life as far as having to work hard in trying to do everything he could to get by. I mean, he only had an eighth grade education by the time he had to start working. And so as far as that higher education side to prepare him for the workforce, he didn't have that. And so he got jobs a lot of odd jobs. Some of the ones I remember stories, most of our working as a tugboat captain on the Columbia river and on the border of Oregon and Washington. And he owned and operated at a hot Springs in Idaho. He was a truck driver and he had many experiences throughout his life that were really defining that is, you know, having having five kids. My dad shares a story. I mean, I, I've heard the story many times around how when my dad was seven, their house burned down and, you know, here's a poor family losing everything they own and having to start from the ground up again.

And how humbling that must have been. But it, you know, they, there's aspects of, you know, grown. They my grandpa would raise this family on a farm, so they had animals. They tended to in Southern Washington. And and so career-wise, it's not like he was, you know, the executive of any major corporation or an innovator who, you know, had this big, big vision. It changed the world for the future in that way, but he lives so simply even up until, you know, retirement and through retirement, you know, the hard work and labor he put in wore on his body. And so, you know, the last probably 10 years or so you know, as far as his, his death and the preparation for it is there's plenty of time to prepare for it. Just knowing that, you know, he was on dialysis and he was just slowly, his body was slowly giving way. But looking around at the people who were at his funeral and thinking on his life and the stories and memories we have of him through photos and through each other is how you shave all of those titles off. And he's one of the most legendary people I know because of the legacy that he's built. Not on the fact that he invented anything crazy world altering, but that he created a posterity and, and left an example of living a simple yet exceptional life through his massive posterity. I mean, when I speak of a big family, it was big, you know, five kids is a decent size. But on top of that, those kids had many more. I mean, I, I like it as like I said, I'm on the youngest, the younger side and my son, became about the 50th grand or great grandchild and the first, proudly enough, the first Nead boy at least to carry the Nead name along through through our extended family. And you know, with these really, these hundreds of family members, from him being a patriarch and feeling the impact of his you know, the impact of his life and, and how, if it weren't for certain key decisions that he made to improve his life and create you know, leave an example for my father. My father would not have lived the life that he has lived so far to then provide that example for myself and my, my brothers and sister. And then, you know, for me into my son and my other, my future children. And so it's just, if people don't recognize how much of a visionary you can be, how much of a legacy builder you can be if you simply focus on that of your home, that of your family and those in your inner circle.

And it's not like you have to build the business business, the biggest business in the world to be the biggest visionary in the world. It can be as simple as being a good man or woman and setting a good example of what it means to be good. For your family and those around you that you can influence and that it doesn't matter what title you have or how much money you make because they were poor, they didn't have much. And and so I think there's a lot of power to be had when we recognize that it's OK to not be the richest person in the room. Wealth provides a lot of opportunities and an opportunity for us to give back in and in, you know, a really big way. But why can't we give back no matter what level we're at and why do we have to wait until we hit a certain level in revenue, hit the, hit our next six figures or seven or eight or 10 figures to, to give back and to feel like we are leaving a legacy for, for the world.

Ambition is powerful and I'm all about that. But at the end of our lives and being in that really, that reflection time life is a lot more, it should be a lot more simple than we allow it to be. As far as comparing herself stuff, others, I mean, that's a massive trap that I feel like robs us of living true to the vision we have for my grandpa. I believe his vision was simply to provide a comfortable home for his family and love life. I mean, he had the biggest laugh, the biggest smile to love life. In a way that he could love his family and be present for them in a way that many other people can't because they allow the big ambition of career overshadow that of their posterity. I think you can definitely have both, but I think it's definitely a big balancing act to do. And so I think it's focusing on the things that matter most. And you know, I wanted to, with this change in the podcast and previous episodes you may see, or excuse me, listen to, is recognizing how visionaries come in all shapes and sizes. And my, my grandpa is, you know, as far as the legacies he's left and the vision that he has established for the Nead family. It's huge. It really is huge and extends and it will continue to extend to hundreds and eventually thousands of people in the future.

And that's the vision of the future is creating good people. So I'm a little biased on that. You know, I think we're fairly good people here, but my family, but I I think a lot of that is attributed to the vision my grandpa had. And so for yourself don't get caught up and having to build the biggest building in town or the biggest business in the world or make millions to billions of dollars, pursue that, but do so hand in hand with building and being present and putting the time in to your family and to having the legacy there to leave. Cause that is what's going to be remembered the most by the people who love you the most. And so who inspires you from your family? Who is that friend or family who does take a picture of them if they're with you or share a photo of them in your Instagram stories and tagged me. Like I would love to learn more about who inspires you and why. And just to say thanks for listening to the show and I look forward to sharing more. And you know, like I said, there's going to be a variety of different stories and even deeper strategies that are shared on the show here. But several turn personal like this episode and others will turn a lot more strategic or more tech. Yeah, just more tactical.

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