For businessman Sam Zherka, growing up in a large family is one of the best things that could ever happen to a young boy. When you have seven siblings, Sammy Zherka shares, there’s no shortage of playmates. Even if you have a quarrel with one or two, you still have other siblings to play with. It’s not all about squabbles and friends however, Sam Zherka further adds.
When you grow up in a large family, especially in one that’s tightly-knit, you have a strong support system. No matter what is happening in your life, you know that your family will always have your back. This is especially important when you feel that life has turned its back on you, or when nothing seems to be going right no matter how hard you try. And for Sammy Zherka, this is the best thing about growing up in a large, tight-knit family.
For Sam Zherka, if it weren’t for the love and support generously showered upon him by his family when he was still struggling in his career, he wouldn’t be where he is right now. He knows, of course, that the strong family bond they all share are because of his parents. To Sammy Zherka, his parents are the best role models a child could ever ask for.
What are the values that he learned growing up with seven siblings?
1. Sharing is caring. When you grow up in a large, low-income family, you won’t get everything that you want all the time. This is one of the first lessons Sam Zherka learned. When you care about your family, you care about their feelings and wellbeing. As a young boy, Sammy and his siblings didn’t have a lot of toys and so they shared what little they did had.
2. Respect others despite your differences. While family members will often share some things in common, you each have your own quirks and unique qualities. When you have seven siblings, you have to deal with seven unique individuals every day, from sun up to sun down. One of the things that Sam’s parents taught all of them is that their differences are the glue that holds their bond together. Sammy Zherka learned that his and his siblings’ differences each have a place in their family dynamics. These differences make them unique, and, when used positively, only serve to further strengthen their family bond.
3. Integrity honors your family name. For Sammy’s parents, showing integrity in all things honors their family name. Integrity is about doing the right thing especially when no one is looking. It’s acknowledging your own faults and mistakes too. With seven siblings, it would have been easy for Sam Zherka or one of his siblings to put the blame on others for a mistake they made. But integrity has taught Sammy Zherka that owning up to his mistakes is the right thing to do.