There's a guy in the Bible named Abraham. He was kind of a bigdeal.

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Abraham is known as the father of Israel. According to thestory, God told him to leave the land of his father and start a newnation. I used to wonder why he had to leave the place he grew up,and one day it hit me: You can't build a nation with your familyalways gettin’ in your business.

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I know. Last month @BrianSaid hated poor people. Now he hatesyour mother. He's a terrible man. But he's also right.

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The other day I was celebrating the fact that our business is upnearly 500 percent in the last 12 months and people like you aremaking money and life is generally good. Piedmont has indeed beenone of those ideas whose time has come, which is why we patentedit.

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I was pretty stinkin’ excited about it until a family memberbasically said, “Is that all? Thought you’d be bigger than that bynow. Guess that idea's time hasn't quite come, huh?”

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We all have family members like that. The question is how do wehandle these people who claim to love us, but who revel in rainingon our parade?

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Well, we can't punch them in the face no matter how good thatwould feel. Instead, we have to recognize them for who they are.They’re not the experts. They know nothing of PPACA or benefits.They can't relate to phrases like “seismic changes in theindustry.”

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And when you start to build a nation, you change. That's hardfor family to deal with. After all, they love you just the way youare. And maybe there's a feeling that you think their way isn'tgood enough—that maybe you think they aren't good enough. Thatisn't awkward at all…

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But it isn't about them. It's about you. It's about yourchoices. It's about stepping out there and living your dreams. Youcan't expect them to understand that because it's not theirdream.

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Just remember this: Your family is just that. Family. The bestadvice they have for you can't come from anything other than anemotional response. They’re not lifelong brokers who advised on theWhite House Panel for Employee Benefits in more Administrationsthan Billy Graham… unless they are.

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In which case you must move away; far, far away. Hey, it workedfor Abraham…

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