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What have you learned as a developer, educator, entrepreneur, etc... that has helped you be a better father / husband? And vice versa?

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Hi Kevin!

I like to think that being a good husband and father are among my highest priorities in life. The reason I do what I do is so I can provide for my family and also buy more time to spend with them. The fact that I'm working for myself and working from home allows me to spend more time with my family. As soon as my kids get home from school, they come down to my office to read me a book. I have lunch with my kids every day. I'm available for my wife when she needs me.

I don't know if that's the kind of answer you were looking for, but I think it's important. Some people seem to use success in their career to reinvest in their career further to achieve more career success. At some point the career seems to exist as an end in itself, and not just a means to have more of what you want out of life.

For me, my career success enables me to spend more time working on the relationships that matter most to me. So in that way, being a developer, educator, and entrepreneur has enabled me to spend time practicing being a better father and husband.