Lessons From Dad: Words To Live By For Your Career
By Tim Walker
Father’s Day is in June and it’s a great time to think about all of the things Dads have done for us. And if your Dad was anything like mine, he offered a whole lot of advice throughout my childhood. Flash forward a couple of decades and dear ol’ dad’s wisdom still matters today, especially if you’re looking to make a move in your career!
Here are a couple of classic lines that I heard from my dad, perhaps you did too!
“Keep your eye on the ball”
This was an essential piece of information for any aspiring tee ball player. Whether you were working on pop ups or just trying to make good contact with the ball, dad would always have this piece of advice at the ready. Dad’s advice rings true in your career too. Whether you’re looking for work or aiming for a promotion or major business deal, it pays to stay focused and concentrate on your goal. It’s easy to get into a rut. Even the best hitters slump every once and a while, and taking some time to refresh and refocus your efforts can often times help you see your goal more clearly. And that will lead to a greater chance of success.
“Ask your mother”
Who hasn't heard this one? Growing up, it usually came after Dad had a long day at work. And who could blame him? After spending his day answering questions and dealing with complaints, he probably didn't care whether my siblings and I wanted to watch an extra 30 minutes of television before bed. That decision rested with Mom. Today, it never hurts to seek the advice of a trusted friend or colleague. They can usually bring a fresh perspective to your problem. And just like Mom, that perspective can come with a lot of wisdom and experience behind it. So don’t be afraid to ask someone for help when you’re contemplating a big decision or career change. Better yet, actually ask your mother!
“Turn off the TV and go play outside”
If you grew up in the digital age you probably heard this one a lot. Despite a great back yard, us kids always seemed to want to park ourselves in front of the TV on a sunny afternoon. Dad knew better, of course. He wanted us to go out, experience the world, and even get dirty! Today, so much of the job search is done in front of a computer. While there are a ton of great sites out there that list career openings (including, of course, www.mforcestaffing.com/jobs), there’s absolutely no substitute for some face to face interaction. If you’re looking for a job, don’t be afraid to follow up in person or deliver a copy of your resume. If you’re dealing with a recruiter, we’d love to see your face! So much is lost over the phone and via email. Meeting someone in person gives you the chance to let your personality shine!
“Eat your Vegetables”
Gross right? Broccoli represented everything that was bad about dinner. It smelled bad, looked weird and tasted weirder. But dad always made us clean our plates because he knew that it was good for us. In our jobs we often have to do things we don’t want to do. Work that extra shift. Double up on paperwork. Talk to a coworker of a customer we don’t really like. But we all know, deep down, that it’s the right thing to do. And hopefully when we look back on it we’ll realize it made us stronger.
“It builds character”
This was the ultimate Dad saying from my childhood. Raking leaves, shoveling snow, chopping firewood…they ALL built character. At the time I just assumed he used it as an excuse to get us to do work for him. Turns out, it’s been a valuable life lesson! Sometimes you've just got to bear down and work hard. Going the extra mile by taking night classes, going back to college or calling a hiring manager to follow up on an application might take extra time, money and effort, but it’s sure to pay off in the end. Building character is all about putting in your time in the trenches. People will begin to notice hard work and that’ll pay off in the future.