By Liz Crowe
The biology vs. environment argument about how human adults become what they are is an old one. I believe, like many do, it’s a combination of the two. You are either hardwired to work hard and succeed, or to be a musical or otherwise prodigy, or the person who does just enough to get by because, frankly, that’s all you require of yourself. But you are also raised by someone or ones whose job it is to mold you into a responsible adult—and their motivational strategies do not always come in the form of “congratulations for participating in the game” medals and 2nd grade “graduation” ceremonies of near constant, obsessive positive reinforcements.
I do think that my generation (born in the late sixties and raised on a diet of rapidly advancing technologies that allows my smart phone to do the work of something like a dozen different devices I once had to use) is at the leading edge of a laziness curve that even as a parent of older teens alarms me.
“Kids today” truly do believe they are entitled to things they haven’t earned or even worked that hard to achieve. Parents hover over teachers and coaches, demanding their kid get grades and playing time totally un-earned. And those kids then loiter around, with their hands out for car keys, money and clothing that they honest-to-God feel are “their right” to be given, no questions asked, no demands on their time made.
I did have chores, housework and things expected of me as a kid and a teen. I was taught, or subsequently learned via trial by fire that NOTHING worth having is free or even easy, unless being unemployed, obese and bitching about “the man keeping you down” is worth having I suppose.
I will admit to being the perpetrator of bad behavior on the part of my kids, allowing them to forgo chores in the name of practice, homework, a social life. Shame on me, frankly because these lessons are ones parents are tasked with along with the feeding, the clothing and the sheltering. I have no solution for this, but have talked with my now older kids about it and told them, flat out, that I think I failed them in that department. I was no helicopter parent. But I did not demand the sorts of responsibility from my kids that was expected of me.
Jack Gordon, the main character in HOUSE RULES (and the entire Stewart Realty series in one way or another) did not have a horrible life but it wasn’t a fluffy cakewalk either. Raised by a demanding single father after the sudden death of his mother, he was told at an early age he would “earn his keep” once he was old enough to work. Which he did, earning his builder’s and electrician’s licenses by the time he was 18 and headed to college, then to law school. He is a single-minded guy—and lets his own inner competitor drive him to be better, stronger, and, yes, wealthier ultimately than most everyone around him.
Jack is driven in ways that sometimes feel negative and will manifest once he has kids of his own to manage. But by offering this (free or drastically reduced) peek into his early life and motivation via the House Rules novella, I hope that you, either as a current fan of his or a new one, will grow to love him as a human, not necessarily as a fantasy super alpha male, although he certainly could be considered that—if you did not know him the way I do!
It takes a wealth of collected experiences, emotions, successes and failures to craft the personality of a true Alpha Male
Jack Gordon, real estate broker, licensed builder, Juris Doctorate, has had his fair share of strife. His ability to cope, to fall down and pick himself back up has lead him to a place where he believes he has it all. Friends, money, cars, more women than he can count, and a club in Detroit where he can exorcise his inner demons, fill his days and his nights.
When he walks up to a penthouse door on a hot Ann Arbor summer afternoon, frustrated, exasperated and ready to call it quits after hours of condo shopping with a wealthy couple, the last thing on his mind is meeting his destiny.
House Rules: The Jack Gordon Story. A prequel novella of the Stewart Realty Series.
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When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or implementing promotions for her latest publications. Her groundbreaking literary fiction subgenre, “reality fiction,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)
Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.
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