In Honor Of My Dad…
I asked a few friends that I consider quite successful to share some words about their Dad this Father’s Day… Below you’ll see the responses in stories and quotes.
To my surprise, I found such a blessing in this project…the blessing was in the words they shared, but also in the remembering of my Dad. I miss him daily, but Father’s Day has been a particularly difficult day for me. In years past I wished it gone as quickly as possible. I would bury myself in projects, avoid Father’s Day Sale ads and dart as quickly as possible past the card sections..too painful.
This year, I decided to do a post in honor of my Dad.
This year, I take a new perspective on Father’s Day, and I am grateful for the good fortune to have a Father that taught me:
- To take care of what you have… or you may not be given more. (Dad built our houses, cars and furniture.)
- There are no excuses. If you don’t know something that will help you succeed, learn it. (Dad was always learning something, in a class or on his own.)
- Take care of family. (Although Dad was in ill health, he took on the responsibility of caring for a brother who, in a surprising turn of events, returned after he had been missing for 30 years)
- Stay playful. (Memories of Dad doing silly things are abundant… like driving down our street in a go-cart he built for my nephew, even though he was way to big to fit in it…laughing the whole way!)
- Know you matter. I ‘m not sure my Dad knew the effect he had on so many as a teacher. He probably wouldn’t see himself as that, but when he passed, the appreciation for what he taught the younger men that came to show respects (some driving for hours) was abundant. Their outpouring of respect was beautiful to me. Dad was always quick to pull over if someone needed help, and he usually could get the car going again, too! People remember these things, and his quality of character showed with the choices he made. Daily actions matter.
This hard-working Pittsburgh father I am sure, at times, was frustrated that he could not do more, provide more; if only he could have known how much of an impact he made. Maybe he does now.
In honor of their dads here’s a few words from my friends:
“What my father taught me was to take risks as an entrepreneur and to believe in your vision. To let that motivate you rather than following your ambition for the sake of money, but to follow it to realize your dream and the money will come as a result. “
—Carol Tuttle, Author of “Remembering Wholeness,” Master Energy Therapist founder of Dress Your Truth.
“Only boring people get bored” –Vernon Fagan Jr.
Father of the very UNboring, David T Fagan, Icon Builder Media, International Speaker, Author, “Guerilla Parenting” and “Cracking the Icon Code.”
“My father was my hero. He was a super man, and like Superman he flew faster, higher and did more good deeds than anyone else could ever do. He was funny, athletic, musical and kind to everyone. He was also a great businessman, smart, and wise; globe trotting to develop and deliver products and services to serve people everywhere. He was a visionary, creating new business ways for people to collaborate and flourish. He lived a life of integrity grounded in Spirit. I wanted to be like him. Alas he died in a plane crash much too soon. I am grateful that he had the chance to see me achieve a modicum of what he did with his life before he left this planet. I miss him everyday.”
–Marilyn Tam Ph.D Author of “The Happiness Choice” Founder of The Us Foundation, Corporate coach, International Speaker.
“I’ll never forget my dad looking me in the eye and saying, ‘Son, anything is possible if you believe in yourself and if you don’t listen to people tell you that you’re not good enough!’
—-James Malinchak Speaker, Trainer, Star of the ABC TV Show “Secret Millionaire” Author of ( newest book) “Millionaire Success Secrets”
A heartfelt thank you to all the dedicated fathers out there. You matter. More than you can imagine.
If you have a quote or special story about your Father feel free to honor him in the comments below. Happy Father’s Day!