I have to share this post every year. Dads often don't get enough credit for what they do, and I need to be sure mine is properly celebrated. This gent has taught me endless lessons--still is! I feel like the lessons here stick me on a regular basis.
What lessons do you carry with you from you Dad? Here are mine...
1. Be a good decision-maker.
|Daddy and I the day I was sworn in as an attorney.|
In Daddy's words, "We control our own destiny." It's true there are many things beyond our control, but making the best decisions on the ones in your hands is essential.
2. The key to success is doing the things no one likes to do.
You don't want to hear this one as a kid, but as an adult, you realize how true it is. Often, the difference between happy and successful people, and the unhappy strugglers is the ability to just suck it up and do what you have to for the end goal. We all come across things we don't want to do--they take too long, they're too hard, no one else is doing them, you just don't feel like it--the list is endless. This is the case for everyone, but the decision to do what you must no matter what is usually the difference-maker. I take this lesson with me everyday.
3. Be good, be helpful.
Daddy still tells me "if you can help someone, help them". He's so right, and why not? A lot of times, it's easy to consider what's in it for you, but maybe the chance to help someone else is what's in it for you. Do you really need more? After all, what goes around, comes around, so there's really no need to worry.
*This is actually a bonus lesson: Don't worry. If you've planned and are doing what you are supposed to do, you don't have time to worry.
4. Do not let your fears dictate your actions.
I keep this in mind so often, especially when a major decision needs to be made. My Daddy has taught me about fear, and helped me realize, there's no need for it. We all get scared from time to time, or frightened at the encounter of a surprise, but we cannot let fear of anything we face dictate what's necessary for us to do or achieve. Fears are just roadblocks, and letting them stand in the way of our actions does nothing more than just hold us back. When I think I may be facing fear, I remember it's just an illusion.
5. Keep your word.
The importance of this one is immeasurable. Your word is sometimes all you have as an adult, with the countless circumstances you'll encounter. Whether it's at work or in a personal relationship, being trustworthy is what will precede and succeed everything you do. It is easy to make promises, but it takes real effort to keep them. I can't think of one thing my Daddy has told me which hasn't held up, and I want to be sure people can say the same about me. To some, this seems to be quite difficult, which is hard to understand, but there is nothing like the truth. We should all embrace it.
I hope you all enjoyed these lessons as much as I did sharing them. I am blessed to know I have many more lessons ahead for Daddy to share with me, and am even more thankful to have the ones I do.
Love you Daddy!!