Jeffrey Oddo is an author and successful business owner in Kansas City, Kansas. Jeff’s dedication to empowering and inspiring others is the essence of both the way in which he runs his multi-million dollar business, as well as what he effectively conveys within his latest work as a published author.
WHO AM I, AND WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?
I was born in 1966 and raised by what I would consider great parents. I had a wonderful childhood and realize now that most of who I am and what I know is because of my parents’ and grandparents’ ability to live as examples for me. I hope to pass some of their invaluable lessons on to those who read my book and with whom I connect.
I had a relatively normal childhood within a very normal family in Kansas City. Mom was a stay-at-home mom; Dad worked six days a week and went the first 20 years of his career without a day of vacation, trying to build a sustainable business while raising a family.
I wrote THE 10 KIDMANDMENTS because I knew I would be a better father and husband by focusing my energy on teaching others how to be better parents and spouses. 14 years in the making, I am a better person because of this project. However, that does not mean that I claim to be an ultimate expert, nor have all the answers. In fact, just the opposite is true. I am on a journey like most of you and this is simply part of the process. I am excited to share with you what I have learned.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I HAVE TO WRITE A BOOK?
Three girls, one wife to whom I’ve dedicated my life and almost 4,000 people under my work umbrella. What I realized is that running a successful business is very similar to running a successful family. Most of the ideas within my book are practices that I also use in running my organization.
During my years in business I learned leadership skills and the importance of serving, empowering and inspiring others.
Success came early and easy but I realized there was more to life than just having financial success. I had to be significant too. Parenting allows us all the chance to be significant.
We, as parents, are so fortunate to be blessed with children; it is up to us to take advantage of this opportunity. Accept responsibility to make a difference in a child’s life and you will be rewarded beyond measure.