Ever since I was a little girl, my dad has been a constant, loving resource with lots of study tips, helpful hints, and words of advice. Countless conversations after fights with my siblings and late-night study sessions before final exams taught me the most important lesson: parents really are your best friends in the world. The “dad-isms” and clichés that I once tried to ignore and/or make fun of are now the phrases I use on a daily basis to help make decisions or dole out advice to my friends. So here are the words I live by, thanks to my dad.
- “It’s not who wins. It’s how you play the game.” Flashback to second grade when I actually thought I could play soccer (note: I can’t). I was afraid of the ball, awkward, and probably the worst one on the field. After every game, I would whine about how I was the reason my team lost. My dad would tell me this cliché, and I would get annoyed. Of course I wanted to win. Now, I understand what he meant. At the end of the day, you have to know that you “played” well by making the difficult moral decisions in life, no matter what the outcome was.
- “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Being pleasant really does have its advantages. You feel better and you’re much more likely to get what you want, especially with your siblings. This tactic also comes in handy in any leadership position, which is probably why my dad is so well-liked.
- “Eat that frog.” OK, so I’m pretty sure my dad took this from Brian Tracy, but it really works. I am the queen of procrastination, but if I actually force myself to do the most dreaded task first, everything else on my to-do list doesn’t seem so bad. My productivity actually increases when I get the worst of it over with in the beginning. Seriously, try it.
- “Patience is a virtue.” I’m still working on the patience thing. I’ll get back to you.
- “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” So, I never really paid attention to this one when I was busy plotting revenge against my evil older sister. Now, I know that it’s important to take the high road when you’re mad at someone.
Were your dad’s words of wisdom actually right, after all? Let us know in the comments.