Grandpa and My Business

Grandpa and My Business


I was thinking about my grandfather today. No particular reason, he just popped into my head.  I lost my grandfather this past December at the nice ole age of 99. He lived a good, full life. I am very fortunate that I was able to spend time with him as often as I could. He would mention a lot that his legs may not be working like they should, but he was glad that his mind was still sharp. And that it was. He could remember almost anything, even incidents from when he was four years old living in Kansas.


My grandfather, Herman in 1916

My grandfather, Herman in 1916


I was able to go visit him at least once a year. We enjoyed our time together. I learned a lot from my grandfather. He never ceased to amaze and surprise me.  I would compare him to McGyver from that t.v. show. He would never throw something away – he could make something out of it and re-purpose something.  He was a farmer, builder, a jack of all trades. He was the smartest man I knew.

What amazed me was that he understood what I did as a business. There is a lot of skepticism and negativity surrounding network and internet marketing and I find it hard sometimes to explain what I do to people.

But not my Grandpa!  If I was recording a video, he knew that I could edit it on my computer than put it online for other people to see.

If I was writing an article he knew that I was going to put it on my website online.

I never once told him what I did, just the titles- online business, internet marketing etc. I never really had to explain anything to him, somehow he knew. With other people, I’d have trouble explaining what it is I do, but not with Grandpa.

It was weird. I didn’t have to explain…he understood the whole concept.

He’d ask questions occasionally like how long does it take me to make a video, or how many people can see what I produce etc.


He never criticized or questioned ME. It was pure acceptance. Even now writing this, I’m not sure how to describe it, that is how strange it is for me because of the criticism or skepticism from some of my friends and family when it comes to network marketing and internet marketing. It’s expected because it’s not what they are used to or expect of me. I’m supposed to be an employee for the rest of my life! But that’s a whole different topic and post, so don’t get me started!


There are so many myths out there surrounding the industry, like, you can’t make money with network marketing, and isn’t it a pyramid scheme, and representatives harass people and on and on.


The different perspectives and beliefs people in my life had, made me realize that I either had to work a little harder around certain people or to watch what I say around them because of their misunderstanding or preconceived ideas about what it was I was doing.


My grandfather didn’t care what I was doing, only cared that I enjoyed it and wanted to it. It didn’t matter to him if I wanted be an internet/ network marketer, wait tables or be a homemaker. That was my grandpa and I am truly grateful for all the time and experience I was able to have with him.



What do you do or say when you meet opposition in your business or life?

I would love to hear your thoughts.



Jodene Brown

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4 Responses to Grandpa and My Business

  1. Carrie says:

    What a wonderful person he sounds like – how fortunate you got to spend so much time with him. Anytime we step outside the lines of what people “ought” to do for work, it’s tough – keep it up!!
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    • jodene says:

      He was an awesome human being…had a heart of gold. I was fortunate to have him in my life and to have him so accepting. Like you said, it’s tough when we step outside of what we “ought to do”. Thank you for your comment and encouragement! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I enjoy your remembrances about your grandpa so much. He sounds so much like me own dad–I think of him often as the original McGuyver. You were very fortunate to have such an example of unconditional love in your life!

    • jodene says:

      Oh yes Amy, I am very fortunate to have had him in my life. Sounds like my grandfather and your father would have been great pals. They’d probably be tinkering out in the yard and inventing things! Thank you Amy. 🙂

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