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Father Knows Best

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
posted by Lee Cockerell 8:44 AM

Good morning everyone…..We are buttoning down the hatches for a possible hurricane. Fathers might tell you to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. That is good advice.

I suggest you listen closely to advice your father gave you. His advice is pretty good usually because he has been there and you probably have not. Experience certainly makes us all wiser. Father’s advice if followed can prevent a lot of regrets for you. And if you are lucky enough to get your grandfather’s advice then you are really in good shape because kids don’t listen to their parents or to their teachers but they usually listen to their grandparents. As I told my 12 year old granddaughter, “Don’t believe any man except your father and I until you are much older and we will then tell you when you can start to explore listening to them.” I went on to tell her,”No teenage boy wants to just hold your hand.”

The advice I gave my son before he went to college was, “Daniel I am only paying for four years so I suggest you go to class, sit on the front row so you will be focused and be paying attention and also so the professor can get to know you. From  time to time tell the professor he is doing a good job and he might give you a B instead of a C because that is how real life works. People give people the benefit of the doubt when they have a good relationship with them.”

There is an old saying that goes like this, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I don’t agree with that advice. I say, “Sweat the small stuff and the big stuff might not happen.” Have a good week….Lee


Terms like “fatherly advice” and “father knows best” are common for a
reason. Dads give pretty sound advice (regardless of how off-color, unwanted or
blunt it seems at the time).

During childhood, their wisdom may have helped us see a situation
in a new way (“The smart kids may not be the cool ones now, but they’re the
ones everyone will want to be in 20 years.”), and as we got older, it may have
confirmed things we already knew deep down (“I didn’t want to have to tell you
this, but that guy you’re dating is a jerk.”).

Facebook and Twitter fans reported what advice their fathers had given them.

Here’s what their dad’s had to say.

“You have to start somewhere. Take that job and make the best out of it.” –
Will C., via Facebook

“Success and happiness at work come by embracing and using the strengths that
makes one different.” –@assetspersonifi  via Twitter

“If you’re on time, you’re late…”– Sheina S., via Facebook

“’Always leave work each day having done more than
you were paid to do.’ He was a disabled vet, but never acted it — a hero.” —
@DesertDojo , via Twitter

“Stay strong.”– Jeimyy N., via Facebook

“Start your own business, treat it like it’s a baby. (You would never turn your back on or leave a
baby alone.) [Then] you work your butt off for about twenty years.” – Brian W.,
via Facebook

“No job is beneath you.” – Eric B., via

“If you pick a job you love, you’ll never
work a day in your life.”– @HR_Cynic, via Twitter

“Truthfulness goes a long way, honesty is the best policy.” – Jessie C., via

“Always send a hand written thank
you note. Maybe the best advice he ever gave.” – Michael G., via Facebook

“Don’t quit!” – Debra M., via Facebook

12. “Show up on time, always give 100
percent and only leave when the job is done.” – Janiero C., via

“Never say I don’t know. Say ‘Let me get
back to you’ and go look it up.” – Carolyn H., via Facebook

“You miss 100 percent of the
shots you don’t take.” – @L_Gilmour, via Twitter

“Do an honest day’s work for
an honest day’s pay, and be proud of whatever you do.”
– Beverly R., via Facebook

“Grin and bear it.” – Paul S., via Facebook

“A great career lies at the crossroad of what you love, what you’re good at, and what people are willing
to pay you for.” – @WhatUrGoodAt, via

“As long as you’re putting food on the table for your family, hold your head
high and be proud!” – @myJobble, via Twitter

“Live your life by your own moral
code and never sacrifice that same code in the workplace.” – Renee E., via

“Love what you do, never give up, take risks and treat everyone with
respect.” – @GenerationsGuru
via Twitter

“To write things down and regroup every day.” – Amie P., via Facebook

“Get the best education you can, so that you
could support yourself in case you marry the wrong man … It’s a good thing
I took that advice!” –  Donna E., via

“Successful people take risks!” – @Career411Dan, via Twitter

“Get up, go to work, do your
job and be proud of yourself.” – Michael M., via Facebook

“Do everything I didn’t and nothing I did
and you will succeed.” – @easyresumewrite, via Twitter

“Shut up and listen, there is always someone who knows more than you
do. [And] it’s difficult to soar with eagles when
you work with turkeys.” – Beth G., via Facebook

“At 17 [years old], my dad told me to either go to college
or into military. He had a GED. I now have MS [in
engineering].” – @LindaLHargrove, via Twitter

“Quit. They don’t deserve you.”
– Keri C., via Facebook

“Basically it’s ok to start off at the bottom but it’s not ok to stay there.
Look at the top, see what they’re doing and do it.” –@ApolloGreg, via Twitter

“You can’t change the circus, unless you change the clowns.” – @mdtnavedu, via

From: SmartBrief on Your Career <>

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