25 Things I Learned from My Father

Today is my dad’s birthday, so I’m going to brag about him a bit. My dad is one of my biggest heroes. I’ve never met a man with more integrity, determination, and moral excellence. He is loyal to the death, and will always protect the ones he loves. He’s a no BS kind of guy, and definitely “tells it like it is.” I don’t know if he’s actually ever told a lie in his life, I’m not quite sure he is capable of it. The thing that I respect the most is that he always puts his family first. No matter what, family dinners were mandatory, and he never allowed work or a crazy schedule to get in the way of that.

Here are a few things that my dad taught me growing up:

1) Pray without ceasing. In every situation in life, bring it to God, our Heavenly Father.

2) Always do what you say you are going to do. Your word is everything.

3) Character always triumphs charisma.

4) Live a life of generosity, always with open hands to those in need.

5) Never compare, compete, or complain.

6) Be a hard worker. In everything that you do, do it 110%. Even when you want to quit, persevere.

7) Take responsibility for your actions, and always be quick to apologize.

8) Use your own brain, and think for yourself.

9) Never compromise your standards for others “popular” opinions.

10) Appreciate everything you DO have, instead of dwelling on what you don’t.

11) If I want something, I need to WORK for it!

12) He taught me how to be “life smart,” not just “book smart.”

13) Put others needs before your own.

14) Be honest no matter how ‘hard’ it may seem at the time. In the long run, the honesty always outweighs any short term benefit.

15) Don’t spend money you don’t have (aka credit cards/loans).

16) Materials are just materials, in the end, you can’t take any of it with you. The best investment you can make is in PEOPLE.

17) I am a child of God so I can walk in that confidence.

18) Marriage is a choice to love the other person every single day, whether you “feel” like it or not.

19) Always finish whatever you start.

20) Television is a waste of time. (TRUTH)

21) If you don’t absolutely need something, don’t buy it.

22) Whatever you do choose to buy, put the same amount you spent on savings/investments.

23) Your body is a temple, treat it as such.

24) Success is a choice. Wishing for it does nothing, you must work for it.

25) Always stay humble. You are no more important than any other of God’s children.

I am extremely appreciative to have been blessed with such an excellent father, who has passed down such incredible wisdom.

-Melissa J. Soule