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Father Knows Best: Business Lessons From Your Dad

Father Knows Best: Business Lessons From Your Dad

Dear ol’ dad. Fathers wear many hats during the day: protector, provider, prophet, philosopher. Who else can teach you how to mow in a straight line and tell you to turn off the lights after leaving a room because money doesn’t grow on trees?

Dad’s advice isn’t limited to your childhood or your life away from work. Much of what pop had to say applies to your professional life as well. Here are a few bits of wisdom from dad that you can (and should) use at work.

1) Be honest.
Say what you mean and mean what you say. It’s hard to remember a lie; remembering the truth takes very little effort.

2) Treat others with respect.
That person you treat poorly today could be the hiring manager tomorrow.

3) Always do your best.
It’s better to come up short because of a lack of ability than because of a lack of effort.

4) Be true to your word.
If you say you’re going to do something, do that something. Being dependable and reliable goes a long way in the real world.

5) Be responsible.
If you make a mistake, own up to it. Then make it right.

6) Put your family first.
Long after the co-workers and promotions and meetings are gone, your family will still be there. Let them know you love them and you appreciate them by making time for them.

7) Fight for what you believe in.
If something goes against your principles, make your concerns known. Don’t compromise yourself to please others. You end up regretting it, and they see you as easily manipulated.

8) Remain humble.
No one is better than anyone else. Your actions make you a good person, not your title or your accolades.

9) Be thankful for what you have.
If you have a loving family, a good job, and a nice home, you have all you need. The rest is just icing on the cake.

10) Take your dad’s advice.
Dad has been there and done that. There is much wisdom in his words.