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The Most Important Things We’ve Learned From Our Dads

“You are the only person you have to live with for the rest of your life “

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In other words, take responsibility for what you do, learn how to move past your mistakes, and realize that your actions have consequences.

Kindness

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My dad taught me to always be kind. Kindness isn’t loud, it doesn’t need to be stated. It should just be inherent in everything you do.

You don’t have to like everyone or treat them well if they don’t treat you well, but you should try to approach everyone with the same kindness you’d wish they’d give you.

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

Alternatively, my dad used to say, “If this was rocket science, they wouldn’t let people like you do it”. Umm, thanks dad.

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Listening

If you don’t know how to make things better, just listen.

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Time Is Love

My parents divorced at a young age, and despite the fact that my dad only had a weekend or two with me every month, the quality time he spent with me was invaluable. It made me who I am today, and for that I am grateful.

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You Can Be Happy Without Alcohol

If you ever feel like you have a problem, just know you can live a full happy life without alcohol. He couldn’t control it, and neither could I. He gave it up so he could have his son in his life, I gave it up because of his example.

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An Appreciation For Nature

The power of sitting in silence and looking at the night sky. It pulls you away from seemingly important matters and let’s you observe them for what they are: trivial things that don’t really matter to your sense of self-worth.

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A True Love For Learning

My dad taught me to indulge my love for learning. Want to read a history of the Aztecs at 6 years old? He took me to the library and we got a real history book and he helped explain what I had a hard time reading. Want to help in the garage?

He taught me all the tools and taught me how to clean them and oil them and how to use them. He always took me seriously and answered every question. How I raised my kids has a whole lot to do with how he raised me.

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