3 Lessons My Father Taught Me
Posted on 19 June 2016
Happy Fathers Day!
Let me start by saying that both of my parents are rock stars. I could go on and on about how special they are. I truly feel as though my parents are part of some elite group of people.
I know for a fact that my parents can beat up your parents. I got $1000 on it right now.
Since this is fathers day, I wanted to whip up a quick article to tell the New Lyfe family about my Dad. He is the best.
Lesson 1 - Nothing In Life Is Free
My dad woke up every morning at 4 am and drove all the way to south Philly to go to work. Every day for as long as I can remember. He passed this down to me.
I work very hard. I run New Lyfe, I have an internet marketing company in Boca Raton and I am still heavily involved with Sober Nation. On top of that I make it a point to spend time with my girlfriend, walk my dog and exercise regularly. My schedule would make post people quit, but I can handle it.
I can only do this because my dad taught me about effort.
If you want something bad enough, you will do what you have to do to get it. If you aren't willing to work for it then you don't actually want it. You just kind of want it.
Lesson 2 - Always Do Your Best
When I was young, my family had a nice weekend tradition. Every Saturday (especially in the summer) we would open the windows, put on some music and work on the house. We had a very small house so keeping everything in order was very important.
Our dog Gus would chill out in the front yard, my Mom would work on her garden and my mad and sister would squirt us with the hose. These are still some of my fondest memories.
One weekend I was rushing. My dad saw this and came over to speak to me. I told him that I was trying to get the job done so I could go skateboard. My lines were not clean and my work was sloppy. I remember saying...
"Dad, no one is even going to see this." He replied and said "you will see it."
Then he made me start over. I never forgot those words.
Lesson 3 - Family First
When I was younger I remember having friends who fought with their siblings. This never made sense to me. I always figured having a sibling was like having a free "I got your back no matter what" card.
I will do anything for my family.
Over the years my family has grown. I have friends that I love like family. I have new cousins and of course my girlfriends family has become part of my tribe.
However, there will always be a special bond with my immediate family. I always forget birthdays and sometimes I forget to check in. But if anyone in my family ever needs me I promise that I will drop everything and be there as quick as possible.
No questions asked.
Wishing All The Dad's Out There a Happy Fathers Day
From my family to yours, we appreciate you! Be part of the good dad club! I know that without my dad I would have never been able to get through the tough times that I did. So grateful. Love you pop.