Fathers Know Best: Truths Our Dads Taught Us Growing Up

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Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In the book, Pocket Truths for Success: 365 Daily Principles to Become the Most Successful Person You Know, authors Dr. Justin B. Short and Ben Newman explore all the life lessons that fathers always implemented to their children growing up, even if it took us a while to realize these truths.

Leading up to Father’s Day, we’re sharing these valuable lessons in honor of all the dads out there!

Putting others down is the quickest way to lower oneself — When you were a kid, your father probably told you not to pick on other kids and call them names. The same principle still applies. In business and in your personal life, make this your mantra. Saying negative things about other people in a non-constructive way only showcases your own insecurities. And on top of that, “mudslinging” does nothing to show people why you yourself are valuable.

Be the best at treating others well — This goes back to the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When you treat others well—better, in fact, than anyone else treats them—you will see your honesty and kindness reflected back into your own life. More people will seek you out, more people will respect you, and more people will be willing to put in a good word (or action) on your behalf.

You will have your share of good and bad luck — Your success is determined by how you handle the bad. No matter how much you plan, how well you prepare, or how good your intentions, you’ll experience failures amongst your successes. That’s what it means to be human. You can’t always control what happens to you, but remember that you can control how you react to bad circumstances. You can choose to get up and keep going, or you can choose to stay knocked down.

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