Some lessons just stick with us forever. Especially those taught by a loving parent and those we’ve learned through their actions. Someone asked users in a popular online forum to share the important life lessons their Dad taught them that they still hold onto. Here are some of the most popular answers.
1. Dealing With Tragedy
“Sometimes, when something tragic or heartbreaking happens, you never truly get over it or move on; you just learn to live with it,” one person shared.
Another person agreed, adding, “Yes. Sometimes things don’t get easier, you just get stronger.”
2. Acts of Kindness
“That small act of kindness you did for somebody may be remembered by them for many years, even if you don’t realize it. We were visiting my Dad’s hometown, and he saw an old friend there, and even though they hadn’t seen each other in like 20-something years, the friend still remembered some of the things my dad did for him,” someone said.
3. Don’t Drive Faster Than Where You Can See
A user said, “His exact words were “You should not drive faster than what you have sight for, you never know what’s around the corner, you have to be prepared, there could be a tractor taking up the entire road.”
4. Manage Your Expectations
“Manage your expectations for people. It can be that someone is lazy, someone is a jerk, or someone constantly breaks plans with you; whatever it is, start expecting it out of them rather than hoping or expecting them to be the way that you think they should be. It sucks that you have to do that, but in the end, if you expect more from them, you are going to be the only one that is disappointed,” one person commented.
5. Defend Others
Someone replied, “You’re a big kid and will be a big man. Use your size and strength to help others and defend those smaller or weaker than you.”
Someone shared, “You’re not going to be perfect. You will make mistakes, and that’s OK. The best thing you can do is learn from them and become a better person tomorrow.”
7. Be the Backbone
“There are wishbones, jawbones, and backbones – those who dream about doing things, those who talk about doing things, and those who accomplish things.” He always encouraged me to be the backbone,” one user shared.
8. Don’t Rush
A user said, “Once you’re behind the wheel, you’re never in a rush” Always something I remember to recognize is that I’m actually in control of a heavy-moving machine that can easily kill people. Far too many people forget that and get comfortable with driving.”
9. Take Pride
Someone said, “Do everything with pride…even cleaning a floor or toilet…people see all your work, and it is your signature…this attention to detail has gotten me far.”
10. Think Before You Speak
“My dad often told me as a kid “wait two seconds before opening your mouth” about conversations or saying something. That has saved me many times,” one user commented.
11. Money Management
“Don’t outlive your money. My dad sucked at being a dad, but he drilled this mentality into my head. I’ve been financially secure since my early 30s thanks to this (and a great career),” someone shared.
12. Be Adaptable
A user said, “When I was little, 6-8 years old, I think my Dad would always say, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”Years later, when I was about to start my career, he told me, “I’ve learned that some jobs just need to get done and out of the way. Save your time and effort for the important things. My lesson: Don’t be afraid to change your views when experience shows you differently.”
13. Do the Right Thing
“Not through words but actions, he taught me that the right thing is often hard as hell and to help those who need it, regardless of who they are. When I’ve done things, like running off a tweaker who was attacking a woman in a parking lot to stopping to check a dead cat for a collar, I have looked back on them as behavior that I learned from his example. Growing up, he and I didn’t understand each other, and it’s only now that I’m older that I realize the impressions he left on me, and we get along well now,” a user shared.
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