Daddy’s life lessons

For the past six years since my daughter was born, I’ve been keeping a running list of  lessons I’ve picked up and learned along the way. It’s my grand hope that she will find these words useful and inspiring as she gets older and is less influenced by Sponge Bob.

There’s nothing on this list that’s rocket science, just an assortment of observations and truisms gathered over the course of my life.

Who knows, one day when Zoe navigates away from to Daddy’s Blog, she might learn a thing or two!

Daddy’s Life Lessons

I = integrity C = courtesy SE = self esteem P = personality S = surviving

Work hard, study hard and remember your humility (p)

No one stands taller in the climb to success than when he bends over to help someone else (i)

You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough (i)

Don’t talk about the way you are, talk about the way you want to be (se)

Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slower to become angry (p)

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none – Shakespeare (s)

Learn from every experience (p, s)

Talent is God-given; be thankful – Praise is man-given; be humble – Conceit is self-given; be careful (p, se)

Don’t let others define who you are or what you’re capable of becoming.   (se)

Sometimes, you shouldn’t wait to be told, just “do”  (p)

Never be afraid to ask why     (p)

Never be afraid to say no and always think twice before you say yes          (p)

It doesn’t cost any money or take much time to say “please” and “thanks” (c)

Always be nice, until you’re given a reason not to be nice    (c)

Strive to be respected and trusted, but be careful about who you trust and respect            (s)

Unless it can’t be avoided, never put someone else down, to make yourself look good      (I)

Don’t throw a punch unless you’re ready to take a punch     (i)

Every now and then turn off the TV and pick up a book         (s)

Don’t criticize unless you can suggest a better alternative   (p)

Pointing out things that are wrong is not as good as making those things right      (p)

You’ll meet two types of people — fussers and fixers. Be a fixer      (i)

Assigning blame is easy and brings no rewards. Taking blame is hard and brings some rewards. Fixing the problem at hand is the hardest and brings the greatest rewards        (i)

Being dared to do something is not a reason to do it            (s)

A mistake is a lesson if you can learn from it            (s)

Fashionably late is still late. Being early or on time is always better           (c)

Don’t laugh at someone until you can laugh at yourself       (c)

Don’t ever be subservient to any man            (s)

Don’t ever put yourself in a position where you owe anything about yourself to a man      (s)

Don’t just hear. . .listen          (p)

It doesn’t matter how many times you start as long as you finish    (i)

If you can lift your head off the pillow and put your feet on the floor, it’s a good day. If you have a job to go to, it’s a better day. If you love that job, it’s a great day!     (p)

Remember, if work was easy, it would be called play.          (i)

Sometimes it’s better to say “we”. Sometimes it’s better to say “I” – Just remember, there’s no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in WIN.          (s)

Beware of free thinkers. Especially when the time comes to get something done. Don’t over think, when it’s time to execute           (s)

It’s OK to fall badly, as long as you get up well         (s)

Prepare for the worst (Tie up all loose ends). Imagine the best (be focused on positive outcomes). Shoot down the middle (Just do it)       (s)

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard. (p)

You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own light shine – Bernard Baruch (I)


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