Build Your Passion and
Let the World See It

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by Mark Treick on September 22, 2010

Yesterday my Dad passed away from a long illness. All that day I spent reflecting on his life, his family, and me. I wondered aloud, "Dad? If you're here with me now, what do you think about Helen and I teaching others how to follow their desires, their dreams, and their passions in life?" I left that question dangling out there hoping for some proverbial lightning strike or something, but none came. Then after awhile my sister phoned me. We talked for a little while about stuff, and then she asked if I wanted to come over for Brats, Kraut, and German Oktoberfest beer to celebrate Dad's life? I gladly accepted her great suggestion. We drove over to her house, we celebrated my Dad's life and had a wonderful time. When I woke up today wondering the same question I asked my Dad yesterday, it dawned on me. He did answer me. And he did it almost instantaneously though my sister's phone call. You see, my Dad was very passionate about the "Concept of Beer." To my Father the word "Beer" was a lifestyle. It wasn't just liquid. To him Beer was alive! While stationed in Germany in the Latter 50's and early 60's as an educator in the military, my Dad collected beer glasses, beer steins, beer coasters, beer festivals, and beer friends. When he returned to the states he became quite the beer brewer, and shared his PapaBrau Beer with anyone who would be willing to taste it. "You won't regret it!", he would always say. There wasn't anyone my Dad welcomed into his home that didn't leave convinced that "Beer" was more than a liquid. They would leave understanding beer was a way of life. Dad followed his passion and never let anything steer him from his chosen path. Even when things in my Dad's life were not going the way he had hoped, his passion for beer never left him. In fact it accelerated. And not in a negative way. He became an expert "Beer Guy" and he took that knowledge and influenced others to do the same. "Once and educator always an educator," he would say. Today my Dad is still teaching me. He's telling me he approves of my helping others to follow their passions. He followed his passion. And "If I can do it, you certainly can" I can hear him calling to me. I am going to use my Dad's example of how he followed his passion and apply it to my life. I am going to Live my passion every day, but I'm going to do more than that. I am going to make my passion an extension of who I am, just like my Dad did. Here is a questions I want you to consider: Are you ready to take a leap of faith and make your passion a priority in your life and let your passion flourish? If you are, then do yourself a favor, take the steps today to make that happen. You will NOT regret it. My Dad was living proof of that.
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Barbara September 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

That was beautiful Mark. Answers usually don’t come with thunder, but in a whisper. We have to be willing to listen.

I remember when my dad died, it felt like the ground was kicked out from underneath me. Took me over a year to feel like I was stepping on solid ground again. Took me another five years to figure out why.

I am glad you are able to “feel” your dads presence still.



Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm

It was a fun thing to write and be in touch with as I was writing it. Once my Dad died I had some things to get out and I am glad I let it go.


M. Charlton September 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Very well said, Mark. What else can I say. Besides being a brewmaster your Dad left you as a good example.


Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Thanks. I hope my son thinks that same thing when gets older.


Scott September 25, 2010 at 3:29 am

Is it 12 yet? Prost!


Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm



Jan Robberts September 25, 2010 at 5:35 am

Hi Mark and Helen,

Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us;It’s great to look back with fond memories and great examples with the wisdom parents can give us!

I’m very fortunate to still have my dad around and he’s been an inspiration to me too…

At 40 years of age he took his family,me included,and emigrated to another country.
At first I was not too pleased but,looking back,he showed that,what most will use as an excuse…he used as a reason to try something new in a different country and you know the best part,He’s never worked another day in his life!!!

Ever since he started afresh in bonnie Scotland,he has loved what he does…and still does at the age of 73!

Thanks again and look forward to the day we meet again…it’s been too long already!

Have a fantabulous weekend 🙂


Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Dad’s are wonderful creatures. You are fortunate to still have your around. Keep him close and learn from him as much as you can while you can.


Eric Walker October 2, 2010 at 2:53 am


You are a good writer. The emotion you shared about your father was palpable. I like the way you summoned your father’s passion for beer brewing and “beer everything” to question your direction in life. This is my first time visiting your blog, this article gripped me. Thank you.

Eric Walker


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