SURVEY SAYS: Dad’s Wisdom

Last week, in honor of Father’s Day, I asked NewsDash readers, “What words of wisdom from your Dad would you like to share with NewsDash readers?”

By PS | June 18, 2012
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The responses were wise, practical, funny, touching, and, when compared to our similar survey for Mom’s words of wisdom (see “SURVEY SAYS: Mom’s Wisdom”), really show the difference between mothers and fathers. Some responses also showed that actions can speak louder than words.  

One of my favorite responses is: “When carrying a plate of soup look at the floor ahead of you, not at the soup.”  


Never shave below the collar - it'll grow faster once shaved and get caught in your top button.... 


"If a task is once begun, never stop until it's done. Let it be great or small, do it well or not at all." 


"Do it right the first time." (Second favorite..."Don't scuff your feet, you'll wear out your shoes!) 


Just because you're a girl doesn't mean you can't do anything that you want to [in regards to a career]. That didn't mean that because I was a girl, I could do anything I want and get away with it. :-) 


"I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it too!" or the classic " I don't care! Go ask your Mother!" 


1) "That's why they call it work and not play." 2) "Make a decision and live with it." 


Daddy emphasized that we should work hard and be successful "to keep me in the style to which I would like to become accustomed." 


Who ever said life was fair? 


We call it Dad's "Rocking Chair Philosophy of Life": Don't waste your energy getting upset about things that you cannot change. Save all that energy for the time when you will really need protect your family, loved ones, way of life. It's simple really...think twice...act once...make it count. He is 84...going strong, and I think he may outlive us all. Thanks, Daddy! 


Never let your gas tank go below a quarter of a tank. You never know when you might have an emergency in the middle of the night! 


Save 10% of all the money you make!--Jim Masterson 


For the budding HR professional that I was, Dad offered this gem on "office romances": "Son, never fish off the company dock". Perfect HR advice 30 years ago and today.......... 


Don't go into HR. As an engineer, HR was the enemy. 


You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. 


Pay yourself first.