With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought this was a timely opportunity to share just a few of the MANY things I’ve learned from my Dad over the years.
1) Always look your best. Be the best dressed person in the room. I remember entering contests and performing in musicals or community events as a child and he would always say, “You need to look sharp. You want them to remember how professional you looked.” Let’s face it. Our clothes and fashion sense can make or break us. If you want to make a good impression, you need a nice, professional wardrobe. If you are self-employed, work from home, or work in a casual office environment, it can be easy to stick to a wardrobe of yoga pants, jeans, tees, and tank tops. When you’re conducting meetings, networking or making a first impression, however, make sure you stick with business or business casual and leave the worn out tees at home.
2) Believe in others. My parents have been my biggest cheerleaders for my entire life. As long as I can remember, they’ve always believed in me and encouraged me in my endeavors. Their belief in me has led me to pursue and achieve many things that I otherwise probably would not have attempted. Be the voice of hope and passion in someone’s life. The world can be so full of pessimism and negativity. There’s someone in your life that needs to be encouraged. Don’t be afraid to share a few inspiring words with them.
3) Believe you can do it. When my mom or dad believed in me, I believed in myself. I consider myself very lucky to have their positive influence in my life – in addition to now my husband and many great friends who also support me. Even with their positive reinforcement, I have encountered naysayers. Perhaps you’ve experienced a Negative Nelly or Ned too. Here’s the thing, if you have a passion or dream you desire to accomplish…then believe you can do it. Even if nobody else does. Don’t let the naysayers dictate your future. That dream was planted in you for a reason and it may take you 5, 10, 15, maybe even 20 years to accomplish it. Just don’t give up. Your story of belief and perseverance will inspire others and help them unleash their dreams too!
What lesson have you learned from your dad or a father figure in your life? Please tell us about it below!