What's the Best Advice Your Dad Has Given You?
Bernadette McAllister Hoyt
"Always act like a lady!!" This is a picture of my 85-year-old dad sitting on his porch—the best therapy ever.
"If you don't change your direction... you'll get where you're going."
Lydia A. Fair
"Life is not about being the best at everything. It's about being the best at being you."
"Stay true to who you are and never let any guy step on your toes because you are a woman.” This is my dad and me on my first birthday!
"If you expect others to do what YOU would do, you will be disappointed. Do your best, let other people do theirs."
"Be who you want to be... don't take "grief" from anyone (he uses another "choice" word)...most things can be fixed with duct tape, staples, nails, or paint (so fix it yourself)..."
Laura Wilson Drain
[My dad] always told me that in order to grow, I would have to step out of my comfort zone. I always think about this when making hard choices.
Melissa Halchak Bellomo
"No matter what happens in life, you can always come home." It wasn't advice, but what he whispered in my ear during this dance 10 years ago.
Kendra M Keel
The best advice my dad ever gave me was to "just try." Because as long as I was trying, no matter what the outcome, at least I was doing my best.
"Its not about the destination, its about the journey. If you don't stop and enjoy things in your life, you will miss out on so much!" He's absolutely right!
My dad has led through example my whole life how eating, sleeping, and exercise leads to a healthy mind and life. :) Love you dad.
"Never grow a wishbone where your backbone should be."
Advice that sticks with me most? "Don't worry about what others think about you. Be the best person you can be."
"Do what you love AND put money in your 401K, no matter how little you make!!"
I can't count the number of times I've gone to my dad with a complaint about an ache or a pain ("My foot hurts when I do this") only to have him respond, "Well, don't do it then!" It sounds like pretty simple advice, but I have to admit that I've used this rationale to make some of life's most difficult decisions. If it doesn't make you feel good, don't do it.
"Let the guy see you first." I had gotten ready for a date in high school and way overdid the perfume!
Christina Marie Mendoza
"It's not about how much money you make, but what you do with the money you make that counts"
"Calm down and take a deep breath. Everything is not as bad as it seems." Very simple advice, but oh so helpful for my easily overexcited and dramatic self. ;)
[My dad] told me to never sell myself short. And he's now thoroughly enjoying telling everyone that his daughter is going to the MLB All-Star game.
Angenette Pickett Call
"Read everything you can get your hands on. Learn as much as possible."
Jeska Jones Crenek
"Always be a leader, never a follower."
My sister and I have always lived by our parents' motto: "Good, better, best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better best." Love my dad and am thankful for all he has taught me.
I remember my dad telling me, "It all comes out in the wash." I think of that every time I hit a rough patch in life. I figure, I might need some "stain remover," but daddy's right, it does all come out in the wash.
When I was a little kid, I once said to my dad: "Dad, I wish I die before you do because I can't imagine my world without you!" Twenty years later I believe I'm a little wiser, but I still love my Dad with all my heart.
Don't accept any wooden nickels! :)
"If you give it your all, you'll never be disappointed in the outcome because you tried your hardest." This is my Dad and me at my very first race in LA! He is my #1 supporter.
"The only man a girl can depend on is her daddy."
[My dad] taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing right and "when you look in the mirror, make sure you like who's looking back at you." He's an amazing father, friend, and teacher, and I am so lucky to have him!
Kristin Daub McGuire
"Men are like buses… you wait long enough another one comes along."
"You can do anything!" This was the advice my dad gave me while we trained together for the Dublin Marathon. He motivated me through 9 months of training, and you know what? He was right! I can do anything! (Except maybe BEAT him in a marathon! The guy is a MACHINE!)
"Excuses are like butt holes. Everyone has one and they all stink." However, the best lesson my dad taught me wasn't a funny dad'ism, more just by setting a good example to be be nice to other people, try to see things from others' perspective, and to always try my hardest.
"Work hard, play harder!"
"You can do anything you put your mind to. If you work hard enough, you'll get what you want."
"Never buy something you can't pay off by the end of the month." I have zero debt. Thanks Dad!
"Life is going to throw you curve balls, but I'm not worried about you. I just hope the right fielder is ready for what you have to give her…"
"When you give with an open heart you will not be disappointed."
"You win or lose by the way you choose."
"Believe, dream, laugh.. life is so beautiful if you chose to make it that way."
"Embrace your uniqueness, fear nothing, and enjoy everything"
"Follow your dreams. I'm right there behind you to get you where you need to go." My mother re-married when I was 3 years old. My stepfather stepped in as my "father" through thick and thin.
"Sometimes it's best just to shut up."