By Matt Ambrose
On Friday, March 23rd, the world said goodbye to a wonderful woman - Eleanor (Ellie) Ambrose. Ellie and Norman Ambrose would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on Sunday March 25th; an incredible accomplishment rarely seen in today’s society. While I could talk for hours about her impact as my grandmother, another thought came to mind - for over 40 years she worked with tireless devotion and wonderful energy to support the family business through three generations.
Rarely do the people behind the scenes get recognized for their accomplishments, support, and love. However, in many cases, these individuals are the true heroes. I’ve seen it in my grandparents’ relationship, my parents’ relationship, and I am now living it personally with the wholehearted, unconditional love and support that my wife provides every single day.
Through the ups and the downs, the wins and the defeats, the trials and the celebrations; business leaders thrive with the foundational support of someone closest to them. Their love, honesty, and support in times of crisis and prosperity can be worth more than any other reward you receive. Often, this is a spouse; however, it doesn’t have to be. Each of us have that individual in our lives that fills this role, we just need to open our ears, and our hearts, and listen to what they’re trying to tell us.
Owning a family business, employing family members and employees that feel like family can become a very difficult road to navigate. In the 41 years as a business, Ambrose Sales has experienced some incredible wins and some devastating losses; every time Ellie was there as Norman’s biggest supporter. Guiding him through those difficult times and walking alongside him as they navigated the journey of life.
I recently finished the book, The Seed by Jon Gordon, in that book he makes this statement...
Your beginning, end and the journey in between are all connected. Your past leads to your future, and your future is connected to your past. You can't have one without the other. To see your purpose more clearly, you have to go backward in order to move forward. Think about your past and you'll find the clues to create your future.
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