Life Lessons Dads Can Teach Their Daughters
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Father Knows Best1 of 11
By Paige Brettingen
From cultivating our business savvy to teaching us how to change a tire without putting in a call to AAA, a dad's advice is among the most important lessons a daughter carries with her into adulthood. Here, editors and friends of Glo share the words of wisdom their dads have given them that continue to resonate today.
Pursue Your Passion2 of 11
"Since I was a child, my dad has always shared a lot of business advice. One of my favorite lessons: Follow your passion. You will spend a lot of time working, so it should be something you love. And if starting a business were easy, everyone would do it." –Diane L.
Live the Good Life3 of 11
"My dad taught me that sandwiches, gardens and reading are some of the best things in life. He also taught me that they're even better when combined. (Nothing beats a sandwich with fresh tomato and lettuce from the garden that you researched in your Farmer's Almanac!)" –Kate H.
Take Charge4 of 11
"One of my favorite lessons that my dad has impressed upon me is best told from his own experience: Upon receiving a letter that he was waitlisted for dental school, he immediately went to the dean's office to find out what he could do to better his chances of being admitted. As it happened, someone dropped out of the program that morning, and because he was there, the next spot went to him. Was he lucky? Sure. But he had to show up first." –Blaire J.
Laugh It Off5 of 11
"Over the years, so many of my dad's signature jokes and sayings have come when our family is together during holidays or vacations. As silly as they may be at the time, they have become his trademark and never cease to be relived years later, reminding us of those times together. Through this, my dad has taught me to always keep a sense of humor and never lose the ability to laugh—even at yourself." –Becky H.
Pay It Forward6 of 11
"There are so many things my dad has taught me over the years, but his generosity is what really stands out. Whether he's volunteering at a medical clinic for the needy on his days off or saying hello to random strangers when we're out for a walk, he's instilled in me that trying to make someone's day a little better—no matter how small the gesture—is always worth doing."
Dream Big7 of 11
"My dad taught me to go after what you want and never settle for anything less. He quit a cushy job in finance in order to pursue a longtime dream of his, and now he's the CEO of his own software company. I hope I can be as brave when the moment arises, and remember that sometimes, you just gotta do it." –Brithny Z.
Be Present8 of 11
"Whenever I become stressed about what the next month or next year will bring, I think of my dad. He always takes each moment as it is and doesn't get too attached to how it will affect the future. Thanks to him, I try to remember that worrying never accomplishes much." –Lyndsay F.
Roll With It9 of 11
"My dad's motto is: 'Always let things roll off your back.' He's taught me to opt for the high road, try to be the bigger person and never take things too personally (especially when they're not that big of a deal in the long run)." –Charlotte B.
Family First10 of 11
"Seeing my dad consistently put my mom, my sister and me first and give us his unconditional love and support is what I will always value and appreciate most. His example has taught me how to be selfless." –Pamela G.
Begrudge No One11 of 11
My dad always told me, 'Even if someone you don't necessarily like accomplishes something great, you must give that person credit.' Not saying it's easy, but I've learned that he's right. You're much better off congratulating people on their success and moving on to focus on your own goals rather than go down the miserable road of comparing yourself." –Miki J.