Some fatherly (career) advice

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Terms like “fatherly advice” and “father knows best” are common for a reason. Dads give pretty sound advice (regardless of how off-color, unwanted or blunt it seems at the time).

During childhood, their wisdom may have helped us see a situation in a new way (“The smart kids may not be the cool ones now, but they’re the ones everyone will want to be in 20 years.”), and as we got older, it may have confirmed things we already knew deep down (“I didn’t want to have to tell you this, but that guy you’re dating is a jerk.”).

So, in honor of Fathers’ Day this weekend, we asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers for the best career advice their fathers had given them. Here’s what their dad’s had to say.

  1. “You have to start somewhere. Take that job and make the best out of it.” – Will C., via Facebook
  2. “Success and happiness at work come by embracing and using the strengths that makes one different.” –@assetspersonifi  via Twitter
  3. “If you’re on time, you’re late…”– Sheina S., via Facebook
  4. “’Always leave work each day having done more than you were paid to do.’ He was a disabled vet, but never acted it — a hero.” — @DesertDojo , via Twitter
  5. “Stay strong.”– Jeimyy N., via Facebook
  6. “Start your own business, treat it like it’s a baby. (You would never turn your back on or leave a baby alone.) [Then] you work your butt off for about twenty years.” – Brian W., via Facebook
  7. “No job is beneath you.” – Eric B., via Facebook
  8. “If you pick a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”– @HR_Cynic, via Twitter
  9. “Truthfulness goes a long way, honesty is the best policy.” – Jessie C., via Facebook
  10. “Always send a hand written thank you note. Maybe the best advice he ever gave.” – Michael G., via Facebook
  11. “Don’t quit!” – Debra M., via Facebook
  12. 12. “Show up on time, always give 100 percent and only leave when the job is done.” – Janiero C., via Facebook
  13. “Never say I don’t know. Say ‘Let me get back to you’ and go look it up.” – Carolyn H., via Facebook
  14. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – @L_Gilmour, via Twitter
  15. “Do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, and be proud of whatever you do.” – Beverly R., via Facebook
  16. “Grin and bear it.” – Paul S., via Facebook
  17. “A great career lies at the crossroad of what you love, what you’re good at, and what people are willing to pay you for.” – @WhatUrGoodAt, via Twitter
  18. “As long as you’re putting food on the table for your family, hold your head high and be proud!” – @myJobble, via Twitter
  19. “Live your life by your own moral code and never sacrifice that same code in the workplace.” – Renee E., via Facebook
  20. “Love what you do, never give up, take risks and treat everyone with respect.” – @GenerationsGuru via Twitter
  21. “To write things down and regroup every day.” – Amie P., via Facebook
  22. “Get the best education you can, so that you could support yourself in case you marry the wrong man … It’s a good thing I took that advice!” –  Donna E., via Facebook
  23. “Successful people take risks!” – @Career411Dan, via Twitter
  24. “Get up, go to work, do your job and be proud of yourself.” – Michael M., via Facebook
  25. “Do everything I didn’t and nothing I did and you will succeed.” – @easyresumewrite, via Twitter
  26. “Shut up and listen, there is always someone who knows more than you do. [And] it’s difficult to soar with eagles when you work with turkeys.” – Beth G., via Facebook
  27. “At 17 [years old], my dad told me to either go to college or into military. He had a GED. I now have MS [in engineering].” – @LindaLHargrove, via Twitter
  28. “Quit. They don’t deserve you.” – Keri C., via Facebook
  29. “Basically it’s ok to start off at the bottom but it’s not ok to stay there. Look at the top, see what they’re doing and do it.” –@ApolloGreg, via Twitter
  30. “You can’t change the circus, unless you change the clowns.” – @mdtnavedu, via Twitter
22 Comments
  1. “Don’t offer anyone any advice. They’ll think you’re trying to portray yourself as smarter or better than they are, they’ll resent it and they’ll get you fired.”

  2. ” No matter how bad it may seem, they can’t eat ya”
    ” It is ok to get crazy once and awhile as long as you always remember to come back”

  3. ALWAYUS REMEMBER THE PEOPLE YOU MEET ON THE WAY UP THE LADDER OF SUCCESS, BECAUS THEY WILL BE THE SAME PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET ON THE WAY DOWN.

  4. If character doesn’t count ask Anthony Wiener!
    In the long view of life and business, no one ever regretted
    honesty.

  5. “Remember the ones that helped you on the way up, because you may need them on the way back down.” – My Dad

  6. You will go to college…….If you do not have a college education you will not be successful when you grow up ………………All of your hard work now will pay off later……….A Master’s degree will put you in front of the competition…………..Something will turn up soon……….You are not trying hard enough………… Over-qualified??? ……………..Keep at it…………Just get your foot in the door…………Not enough experience??……..You have to start at the bottom just like everyone else…….A degree does not mean you are entitled………..Society does not owe you anything

  7. There’s no such thing as “try”. “Try” gives you a way out from “Do”. Like Yoda says, “Do or Do not. There is no try.” – My Dad

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