Friday, November 21, 2014

Five Life Lessons From My Dad

Yesterday was my dad's 60th birthday.  I've learned so much from this man over the years. I'm incredibly grateful for all the advice he's given me and the role he's played in making me the person I am today. Sticking with the "Five on Friday" theme, I'm sharing with you five life lessons I learned from this great man.

One:  "Good Enough" doesn't cut it.

You'll never get ahead by just getting by. You've got to go above and beyond what is expected of you to get noticed. My dad has never done anything halfway. He always says, "If you're gonna do it, do it right!" 

Two: Revel in your success for a moment...and then do more!  

Don't stop trying to better yourself just because you've accomplished one goal. Dream big. Set the next goal and keep learning and improving. My dad has always been proud of my accomplishments, but he's also always pushed me to achieve even more. 

Three: Pay your dues.

Nobody starts at the top. You've got to work to get there. Hard work will pay off in the long run.

Four: Make yourself indispensable.

Whatever you're doing, do it well...better than anyone else. Make sure you're adding value. Put yourself in a position so that you can't be easily replaced. 

Five: Think for yourself.

"Use your head as more than a hat rack!" I heard that phrase over and over as I was growing up. Most of the time it was probably because I'd done something without thinking...but my dad was always encouraging me to think outside the box and never just go along with the crowd. 

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love you!

Today I'm linking up with "Oh, Hey Friday!" {hosted by The Farmer's Wife and September Farm} and "5 on Friday" {hosted by A.Liz Adventures, North Carolina Charm, The Good Life and Hello! Happiness}. Thanks, ladies, for hosting

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