Reflections on life…On my mind and in my heart FOREVER, a son’s reflection.
As a father to four great kids, I have learned a lot on my parenthood journey. I learned that there is no ‘handbook’ of right and wrong. There is no cookie-cutter parent figure, and if you thought, there was its only fiction. I also learned that just like with my parents, while my sibling and I were all raised on the same values and belief ideologies,in the end,I realized that each one of us was raised a bit differently, just as I do with my kids.
“My father was a great teacher and I always wanted to be like him”
Ask anyone what their fathers have taught them, and the answers will vary widely, from nothing at all, to universal golden nuggets of wisdom. Some of the best stories my dad told me have been shared with my children and even my clients. I’ve learned to use those stories as a connection to other real life situations.
As I am now middle aged and often reflecting on life,I realized that I scored a home-run in learning from my father anything and everything I could. One big lesson relates to how to pick the pieces up, how to start again, and most importantly how to ‘WIN’. I feel lucky and blessed to have a father who not only taught me right from wrong, but bestowed a wisdom upon me which drives my personality, personally and professionally.
No matter what your relationship (or lack thereof) with your father is like, if he is still in your life you probably learned a few things from him. As we go through life’s journey, we can learn a lot about ourselves through the reflection of our parents. As I grow older, I become even more appreciative of the advice that he has passed down to me.
The 10 Best lessons I Learned from My Dad:
1. Be truthful to yourself, so you can be true to others.
2. Practice is the only way to get better.
4. It is okay to change your mind.
5. Your struggles will only make your stronger.
6. Things do not happen overnight; sometimes it takes failure to bring success.
7. Sometimes listening is the best thing you can do for yourself.
9. Observation is power.
10. Sometimes the wrong choices will bring you to the right place.
While there is probably, a lot more than the 10 lessons I articulate here, the most important one is follow your heart…It is your heart which guides our journey. This blog is dedicated to my biggest mentor, my dad! BTW, he was not a landscaper, he founded one of the largest U.S. generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Looking for a good book on the subject, suggested reading;
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It Paperback – by Michael E. Gerber