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Daniel Booth – Working Father Essay

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION  | 

I am someone who has wanted to become a father all of my adult life. After overcoming adversity as a single, gay parent and ultimately finding my path through IVF/surrogacy to bring Sophie into the world, to me Father’s Day symbolizes a dream come true.

I teach my daughter the same things my parents taught me—dream big, work hard and also remember to stop and smell the roses, especially when it comes to family. And above all, focus on the positive aspects that life offers.

As I reflect on these unprecedented times, I continue to push myself to be present and engaged in Sophie’s development. I figuratively leave the office and my career as a recruiter when the workday is done, even though my office is now my home. More importantly I strive to be my most authentic self not only in my working life, but also as a guiding force to my daughter as she grows to be the strong, passionate, independent and unique person that I am witnessing already. 

I now understand that life is not perfect. It will throw me curve balls where I might think I have failed as a parent or that I’ve struck out on a project at work. An RSM colleague shared with me that life and work do not need to be perfect to be amazing! I have these words on a plaque in my home so every morning when I get ready for the day ahead, I am grounded knowing that life might not run smoothly and the following day provides a fresh beginning.

Finally, I must applaud all who are working and have become not only full-time supporters of children, but who also have added to their resumes—educator, pandemic hair stylist, the list goes on. As a recruiter, I notice these things when I look for people who demonstrate true character in all that they do.