It is said that over 70% of the time parents will ever spend with their children happens before the age of eighteen. Think about it – by the time our kids reach eighteen, we’ll have spent almost all of the time together that we ever will before they become adults and strike out on their own. That’s all we got – 18 summers. As busy entrepreneurs, how, then, do we make the best use of these 18 summers so we can create life bonds that will endure for a lifetime?
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To help us chew over the unsettling reality that the clock we share with our children is ticking away is Jim Sheils. Author of the book “The Family Board Meeting”, Jim shares how busy parents who want to make their limited time with their kids matter must be intentional with the use of it. He’ll let you in on some secrets on how to create bonds that last beyond those first eighteen years. Click the play button now and let’s turn those opportunities into magical, quality time with the family. After all, will being successful in a business matter if you fail at home?
Enjoy the first episode of our three-part series with Jim Sheils.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Email Whitney at [email protected] to get a free copy of Jim Sheils’ book, The Family Board Meeting.
- Jim talks about his career focus – real estate investments and family education for entrepreneurs.
- How Jim’s family education advocacy was borne out of his real estate business in order to support investors and entrepreneurs with family life.
- Why and how Jim started the “18 Summers” movement.
- How having the 18-summers mindset brings intentionality and purpose for parent-child time together that creates bonds.
- Why Jim believes it is crucial to think of one’s family as the most important team members, clients, and investors.
- What is the board meeting strategy and how it can be applied to your life?
- Keys to getting into the family connecting rhythm: one-on-one time, quarterly board meeting with each child, date night with the spouse, dinnertime challenge, intermittent tech fasting.
- Why keeping a regular schedule for activities will eventually make it easier to get support.
“You’ve got 18 summers to really make an impact. If you do them right, then they’re going to come back for more.”
“The old advice of put your head down, do your business for the next five to ten years and your family will understand, I think that’s terrible advice.”
“Set some simple rhythms and strategies in your home life that will support your business and your personal life.”
“My family by far is my most important key team members, clients, and investors. I better treat them like one.”
“That which we schedule gets done. If you do not schedule quality time with your family, it’s not going to happen.”
“You got to disconnect to reconnect.”
“We wear what we’re thinking on our face.”
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About Jim Sheils
Jim Sheils has been a full-time real estate investor for over twenty years and his ventures have done over 1,000 acquisitions and rehabs. Getting his start in Bakersfield, CA, he left in 2005 for Northeast Florida to follow the long-term growth patterns predicted for the area. Post-2008, his company did a bulk of foreclosure properties until switching their model to new construction to adapt to the changing market conditions and needs. Forming a dynamic building partnership, Jax Wealth Investments now focuses on catering to investors in single-family and small multi-unit development in Jacksonville, Ocala, Palm Coast, and Atlanta, GA. Jim also runs a family education company called “18 Summers” specializing in talks, workshops, and retreats for entrepreneur families. He wrote the best-selling book “The Family Board Meeting” which went to #1 in the categories of relationships, parenting, and entrepreneurship. Jim is an avid surfer and enjoys traveling with family and friends, especially his beautiful wife Jamie and their four children, Alden, Leland, Maggie, and Sammy. Jim’s greatest adventure to date: donating a kidney to the greatest guy on the planet, his father.
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