What are you going to leave?

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Building off of yesterday’s ski parent Daily Hustle, we are going to take today to celebrate the father of what could be the greatest competitive skier of all time, Mikaela Shiffrin… 

Jeff Shiffrin grew up in New Jersey and was an avid athlete and musician… He ended up at Dartmouth and then later met his wife, Eileen, while she was working as an ICU nurse and he was doing his residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Both parents shared an immense passion for the mountains and skiing so they moved to Vail, Colorado shortly after marrying and immersed themselves smack dab in the middle of the growing mountain living subculture.

“Mom and Dad never pushed us to do anything, they guided us,” Taylor, the Shiffrin’s son, recently told the Denver Post… 

Ohhhhhh, I LOVE that… Obviously we have a serious problem with parents pushing kids into activities only to have it backfire, and oftentimes, lifelong child or parent resentment will follow… 

Yet, on the other hand, apathy is lethal and if we don’t GUIDE our kids toward receiving a proper education and accumulating experiences through some form of structured activities, we sure as shit aren’t doing our job either.

“He was a believer in the process, not in the results, and because of that he ardently fought against the notion of pushing someone towards a specific objective. Because you can’t achieve those objectives without the process.”

Sounds like Jeff was a man after the Daily Hustle’s heart… 

The most important thing that we preach here is that the process is EVERYTHING and specific outcomes are too often way outside of our control so there is no sense letting the reward indicate whether or not we succeeded or failed… Our execution of the process has been and always will be the ultimate indicator. 

Taylor said that the most important thing to his father was family and he had a special phrase for the kids… 

“Be nice, think first, have fun.” 

Once again… LOVE IT.

The only two rules we have in the Byrnes house are NO WHINERS and BE KIND. 

Typically, if we aren’t whining and we are being kind, everybody is thinking first (most of the time) and having fun… 

Taylor continued… 

“He would often say anything that brings immediate pleasure or enjoyment with ease probably isn’t good for you and it’s not worth it.” 

You see Mr. SuperSoft, I’m not the only one who warns you against that massive cocaine & hooker habit of yours… Immediate gratification that has no sort of emotional or meaningful connection actually isn’t gratifying at all… It’s fleeting and will leave you feeling empty and possibly even contemplating swallowing a 12 gauge… NOT a good idea. 🤦‍♂️

Lastly, Shiffrin’s son summed up his father with enough wisdom in this final quote to last all of us an entire lifetime… 

“You’ll never enjoy that (immediate pleasure) as much as the feeling of pursuing something, growing, expanding your mind, learning a new skill, trying really hard to nail the perfect turn. And when you do achieve that, and the process is fulfilled, that feeling of gratification and elation is unparalleled.”

F*ING 💥 

Unfortunately, I never had the privilege to meet Jeff Shiffrin who unexpectedly passed away in an accident at home a few weeks ago….

I also don’t know Mrs. Shiffrin, any of the kids or anyone who was close to him in his life… That said, after reading one article I can confidently say that this was a man that left an incredible mark on the world and positively affected many lives along the way. Of course, it sucks that Jeff is gone way too early, but hopefully, his family & friends can find comfort in the fact that through his life teachings, he has plenty of people, including one of the greatest skiers of all time, to champion the beautiful nuggets of savage sage wisdom that Jeffery Scott Shiffrin so brilliantly left this world…

Per Daily Hustle tradition, let’s raise one up & pour some out tonight for somebody who left this place a lot better than he found it. 🍺 

 -EB