Greg Hague is the author of How Fathers Change Lives a “Chicken Soup” collection of “52 Lessons from Remarkable Dads.” Kids from 4 to 81 reflect back on the best of what they learned from their dads.
Greg is a successful “Superb” Avvo rated attorney who has also founded many successful businesses over the years. These include a 100+ office national real estate franchise, an international referral service, and a land development firm. He is currently a partner with his son, Brian, in Savvy Dad Publishing, and with his son, Corey, in Flexground, the largest playground surfacing company in the Western U.S.
His endeavors have been chronicled in books, magazines and newspapers, including: The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, MONEY Magazine, National Public Radio, Real Estate Today, Investors Business Daily, The Arizona Republic, The Pat McMahon Show, Harvey Mackay’s Nationally Syndicated Newspaper Column,
BOTTOM LINE Clarity. Creativity. Focus. Intensity. Grit. Do what I say. Outwork everyone. Make it fun.
“It was the afternoon of November 1st, 1980. I had just sold my son’s winter jacket at a yard sale for $6. I needed the money. My business had flopped. My home had been sold. I lost everything. Ego shattered; life as I knew it had ended.” -Greg Hague
It was horribly embarrassing, but 100% my fault. I had been living an illusion.
With an elite law school education, I thought I was incredibly smart. My ego agreed. Then, I got toasted by a competitor who made a wicked-smart move.
Remember the movie ‘Top Gun’? My ego wrote checks my smarts couldn’t cash.
I was a beat up example of the difference between being educated and being smart.
My dad “Chubby” came to the rescue — not with money, but with savvy. He told me what happened and explained why. I came back big. Chubby taught me what to do when, when to say what, and when to shut up. He taught me what others seemed not to know. It made me millions, set me free, and made my life.
After my sons were born I so wanted to be a great dad. It was my #1 priority in life. So, I looked back on how my dad had helped me. Our adventures together, our father-son talks, his savvy advice, and the examples he set.
I began sharing Chubby stories with my sons. Our most memorable times. What I learned. How it helped me in life.
My boys were intrigued. They begged for more. Chubby’s lessons on life became the hot topic at dinner and during long car trips.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
My sons started telling Chubby stories to their friends. Those kids naturally began sharing stories about their dads. It didn’t take long before those kids’ dads were telling stories about their dads.
All of a sudden, I was flooded with story after story of remarkable fathering. It became a bible on how to be a great dad.
This is why I have created Savvy Dad — to share these stories. It’s the best resource on fathering I’ve ever seen. Actually more. This is for anyone who wants to learn how to succeed.
Each dad story is told from the look-back perspective of a daughter or son. “What my dad did. What my dad said. Memories of what most impacted my life.”
It’s the best of great dads through the lens of their kids.
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