As we celebrated Father’s Day, I couldn’t help but think about what our fathers have done for us over the years.
Be it helping and training how to play some football, teaching us to drive or moving us into school, dads have been there to help us navigate many life hurdles—and provide valuable lessons along the way.
Chances are a lot of those lessons shaped the people we are today and more especially our career paths and ambitions.
With that in mind, I compiled some of the best career advice my friends and I received from our fathers as we were growing up. Here are some of them
On working hard
“It never hurts to do a little bit extra.”
“Go to college and get a degree but don’t ever think a degree will guarantee success. Hard work will.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
“Everyone has to pay their dues. No one can be the boss or the high earner right away.”
“Always bite off more than you can chew.”
About taking chances
“As silly as it sounds, the best career advice my dad ever gave me was actually about dating. He taught me that the worst answer I could get was ‘no.’ His advice extended far beyond the dating world and truly made an impact on my career. His advice was about learning to take chances and not being afraid to put yourself out there.”
“‘Why not you?’ I always took it to mean that I could accomplish anything I sought to achieve.”
“Take the job! You’ll figure out how to do it later.”
On family time
“Stay connected with all your family and friends even if you are a Big Man!”
“Never neglect your family. They help you soar.”
On giving back to the community
“Be active in your community. Business leaders must stay connected to the local organizations and should encourage their colleagues to get involved, as well. Local hospitals, schools and non-profits can all benefit from business leaders’ advice and support, so be generous with your time and resources.”
“My parents always taught me, from age 5, to save a portion and donate a portion of all income, and I did, no matter what. The benefits have been amazing.”
About staying positive
“If something good happens, take it to your heart. If something bad happens, take it to your mind and keep moving on.”
“Embrace change. When there is something new to learn, raise your hand. It’s served me very well!”
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