Life Lessons: 5 Things My Father Taught Me About Career Success


Your parents teach you a lot about life, and really, a lot about everything! They are a huge extension of you, and they’ve had a big impact on getting you to where you are today.

Most parents will teach their kids a lot while they’re growing up, but each parent usually teaches something significantly different, and plays a different role than the other.

Since Father’s Day is coming up, it’s time to give thanks to your Dad for everything he has done for you over the years. Here are just a few things my dad taught me about life that attributed to my career success.

1. How to think my decisions through

Even as a child, I never felt like I was very good at making decisions. But the older you get, the more more you realize that your decisions make a huge impact on your life… and that can be intimidating. My dad taught me how to think through the decisions I was making. If I was stuck on what I should do, and torn two separate ways, he would help me work through the pros and cons and ask questions about both options that I wouldn’t think of (or would avoid asking).

2. If you work hard, it’ll pay off

Whenever things got tough, and the results I was looking for were nowhere in sight, it would be easy to become frustrated. My dad always taught me that if you work hard, it would eventually pay off. Nothing is going to just be handed to you on a silver platter, and success doesn’t just happen overnight. If your goal can be achieved overnight, maybe you aren’t dreaming big enough.

3. Don’t let people tell you you’re not capable

When people doubt you, my dad taught me that it’s important to go out there and prove them wrong instead of letting it get to you. I was looked down upon in high school when I didn’t do well in university level classes and decided to go to college. However, years later, I was one of the only people from my high school to land a job in their field, and move to the big city. People will make you think that they have all the answers, but the truth is, nobody does. If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen!

4. Do what makes you happy (but be practical about it)

It’s important to always do what makes you happy and gets you excited to wake up every day, but my Dad always stressed how at the same time, you have to be practical about it. What makes me happy is travel, but I can’t quit my life and job to travel the world, as it would would set me back in my career. Don’t let a short-term gain negatively affect your long-term goals. Instead, take a look at your career plan and figure out how to work it in from there.

5. Speak up and voice your opinion

My dad taught me the importance of speaking up. Whether I’m at a point in my career where I want to be challenged more, if I have great ideas or ways that my workplace could utilize my skills better, or even if I feel I’m deserving of a raise, speaking up is often the only way people will take notice. If you’re respectful when bringing up the topic, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

Let’s face it: dads can a huge factor in how you climb your way to success in life and your career. So on days like Father’s Day, take some time to reflect on what your dad has done that helped get you to where you are today, and make sure you thank him!

What life lessons has your father taught you over the years? Share your stories in the comments!