If you are like me, you had a father who was always full of wisdom and always willing to share it – especially right after I did something wrong.  Here are a handful of things my dad said to me over the years that I still find applicable to life and business today:

  1. “Don’t answer the phone just because it rings” – In our world of technology, our attention span is getting shorter and shorter.  The message here is stay in the present and focus your full attention on whomever you are with or whatever you are doing.   Use good time management skills to set aside time to take or make calls.  With caller id and voicemail, you probably won’t miss anything and you will accomplish much more.
  1. “Don’t take any wooden nickels.” – As a kid growing up in the 60’s, I didn’t even know what a wooden nickel was.  The meaning for us today is don’t settle for less than you are worth.  With price and cost becoming such a focal point, it is more important than ever to know and express your value proposition.
  1. “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” – This was always one of my all-time favorites especially since I got to hear it in my most fragile states.  The key here is perspective.  Our days are full of worry, concern and complaints.  Step back and evaluate if the emotional energy we are expending is truly worth our efforts or is there a bigger picture for which we should be more concerned.  Put another way, in another famous quote – “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
  1. “You are getting too big for your britches.” – Another one that I heard quite often.  Having confidence in what we are doing is great.  Having a giant ego and thinking we are so very important is not.  Try being humble and hungry to be more successful.
  1. “A bad attitude is like a flat tire – unless you change it, you aren’t going anywhere.” – Attitude is everything.  So have a positive one.  There are two things we can truly control in our lives: Effort and Attitude.  If we give maximum effort and have a great attitude while we are doing it, success will surely follow.

I hope you will take the time to reflect on your own dad and think fondly back on things he might of said and see if you can apply them to your own lives today.  I’m sure if you do, you’ll see that Father Knows Best!!!

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