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What’s the Best Lesson Dad Taught You?

  • June 17, 2011
  • 6:01 pm

Career

Own up to your actions
My dad taught me to have a strong work ethic and take responsibility for my actions and my career. It is probably the best advice he gave me other than, “Drive like everyone else on the road is crazy.”
–Elisabeth Paredes, Norwalk, CT

Struggle now, be satisfied later
My dad always taught me, “You get out what you put in.” In other words, if I didn’t make much of an effort, I shouldn’t expect much back. That always motivates me when there’s something I want to achieve–but feel like slacking off.
–Deborah Wilburn, senior editor, Prevention.com

Making a career change: The risks, benefits, and best way to make the switch

Choose a job that makes you happy
In addition to telling me [that] honesty is always the best policy, my dad taught me and gave me my love of cars (I learned how to fix them and drive them like a guy), and the love of all sports (to play them, also). My dad taught me how to swim at the age of 3 and it was one of the things I loved the most [while] growing up. He also taught me to work hard, however, his one caveat was, “No job should give you an ulcer. If it does, quit.” My dad worked from home so that was a plus, he also never drank, smoke or used the Lord’s name in vain. [He was] always there to help or give advice when needed.
–Sue, Prevention.com Member Vetteowner

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2:19PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

*Your* mistakes, sorry!!!! ^^

2:18PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

... To admit you mistakes!

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

10:00PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

...to always to stand by my convictions when I believe they are based on honor and integrity.

5:43PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

My dad taught me all women are ladies, unless they prove otherwise. In 2/3rds of a century, I've only met 2 who were not.
It would be nice if the analog were true and all men were gentlemen, but that hasn't proven itself.

3:40PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Good advice from all of the Dads.

11:47AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

The best thing my dad ever taught me was that if you want your dreams to come true you have to reach for them and not just hope for them. That if you aren't happy, only you can make the changes to get to where you want to be.

11:47AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

The best thing my dad ever taught me was that if you want your dreams to come true you have to reach for them and not just hope for them. That if you aren't happy, only you can make the changes to get to where you want to be.

3:28AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

My dad thought me to be honest,Trustworthy,be useful to the community.He was a social worker,Accountant and Warden of our church.so I will follow his path.He loved me so much and I loved him so much.

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