Our 622nd Dad in the Limelight is Father, Sales & Artist Manager, Entrepreneur & more, Bruce Leffler. I want to thank Bruce Leffler for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Bruce Leffler with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
Well, I am Bruce Leffler of Tampa, FL and I pride myself on being sort of a multi-tasker. I am currently multi-tasking as I write this interview response. I have 3 careers (Sales Manager) at a publicly traded digital advertising conglomerate, (President) of Exclusive Artist Management and Exclusive Artist Booking Agency, which is a Christian Music Management company and Booking Agency: ExclusiveArtistBooking.com and Top Promoter of the #Thrive product by Le-Vel in the health and wellness arena: Father, Sales Manager, Entrepreneur & Artist Manager, Bruce Lefflerwww.TampaThrives.Le-Vel.com. Furthermore, I volunteer as a Youth Leader, Marketing Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at our church, South Shore United Methodist in Riverview, FL.
2) Tell me about your family
I have the distinct privilege of playing husband to my gorgeous wife Sara (stay at home mom) of 5 years and father to the 3 most beautiful kids in the world, Nathaniel 15, Isabella 13 and Hailey 3. There is never a dull moment in our home, from the occasional “I drove today at school” to screams from upstairs over the banister “When is dinner going to be ready?”. Team Leffler, as I like to refer to our family is involved in everything from soccer, dance and swimming to youth group activities and also serving at our local church through various ministires, trying to instill the importance of “paying it forward” and “giving back” in all 3 of our children early in their lives.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Patience and multi-tasking have been the biggest hurdles to overcome. By nature, I’m an impatient person… Don’t judge, it’s better to know your weaknesses than not I guess. Having the privilege of being a father, because it is a privilege in my opinion, definitely requires a lot of patience. Additionally, multi-tasking has been an area that I continue to work and improve upon daily. Three children (maybe a 4th one day, Lord wiling) requires a lot of things to go in your favor and financially speaking, it’s expensive. I have found the secret to “work” is, find things you love and time flies when you’re earning a living. The problem is, having multiple revenue streams can eat up a lot of hours in the day, so I try to make every free moment count by spending quality time with Sara and the kids. Luckily, I’ve been blessed by having Sara able to stay at home and keep schedules and the house in order.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Focus on the things you can control and deal with the things outside of your control as they arise. If you focus on having a positive attitude and always put serving your family first, in everything you do, my experience has been that the rest of life will figure itself out and fall into place around you.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
I was very reluctant to leave our little ones with a babysitter for the longest time but now that she is older and a little more independent, I am comfortable enough with certain sitters that Sara & I can sneak away for an adult only date at least once a month or so.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I truly believe you learn something everyday, if you’re open-minded enough to see the lesson that each day brings. Being plugged into my local church has afforded me a ton of great friendships with other fathers in my community and I extract nuggets of advice all the time.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
As a single man, when my friends would settle down and start having a family, you begin hearing the same things over and over. “They grow up way too fast” or “You don’t know what true love is, until you have your first child”… I would agree with both of these statements, it’s crazy how having kids will change your life for the better. It taught me that it’s not about what I accomplish while I’m hear on earth, but the lessons I teach my children and the type of people I raise because that is what you’ll leave behind. Your kids are your legacy and you only get one shot to raise them right so cherish the time you have with them and focus on sharing the wisdom and knowledge your parents once shared with you.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
From the time Sara and I were rushed into the operating room for an emergency cesarean section and the Lord blessed us with a healthy, beautiful little girl together to today, three and a half years later, every day is a memorable experience. It’s like we have a new story or adventure to talk about every, single day. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be talking about tomorrow, that I’m sure is going to amaze or impress us later today.
If you have any questions for Bruce Leffler, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!