A few years ago, I posed the question on social media asking people to tell me some of the best business advice they got from their dad. That post is here.
So in honor of Father’s Day this weekend, I thought it would be fun to revisit the question. My dad has given me lots of great advice over the years and I assume others did to their kids as well.
Here is just a sampling of some of the responses. You can see all of them here.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and those that play that important role for us.
Hilary Allard My dad taught me how to shake hands. He said it was important. As a young woman entering the professional world, people would always say, “Great handshake.” It gave me more confidence and I think helped convince older people I had my act together.
Marni Gerber Always be nice to everyone. Take the high road. You never know when they will cross your path again.
Jordan Fickess My dad (who you know!) demonstrated the importance of hard work, commitment and follow through in his everyday actions.
Ken Reinstein Treat everyone with respect, regardless of position or status, and always be willing and able to do what it is you are asking another to do.
Michelle Balch Lyng So I didn't have a dad, really, but I have an uncle who has been influential in my career. He told me your word is your most important thing. Do what you say you're going to do.
Katharine Halpin Get out of the office every day at lunch even if it is just for a walk around the block. Also there will always be difficult people in the work environment so learn to love them. And, of course, how to read financial statements at age 15.
Amy Rivero Sufak Knowledge is power. Continue your education...it's something no one can ever take away from you. Enjoy life. Use the money you make to explore the world. Read How to Win Friends and Influence People...then read it again.
Ilana Ruber Lowery My dad was a shoe salesman, and for most of his "career" he worked on commission. When I followed in his footsteps to earn money for college, he cautioned me to "never judge a book by its cover." Just because someone wasn't dressed to the nines and driving a fancy car, it didn't mean they couldn't afford a nice pair of shoes.
Betsie Gambel Start your own business and buy rather than lease. At 91 he is still playing tennis and an inspiration. His mantra for health and wellness is do/eat what you want in moderation.
Jim Bianchi "Don't think of it (an issue or a challenge) as a problem, think of it as an opportunity."
Elise Smith Mitchell My dad always told me to be original.