We might not want to admit it but as the years go on being a parent we find ourselves repeating the same things our parents said to us as we are growing up. I think this is a father to Son or Father to Daughter thing. In my case it surely is a Father to Son thing. My Son Robbie made my 18 years as his Dad worth every minute with this Birthday card. Not that these years weren’t already rewarding and great.
I will start at number 9 and work my way down.
9. I wasn’t born in a barn.
This saying can relate to leaving the door open, my Dad always told me and now I tell my Son as he leaves my shop or is standing at the back door waiting to close the door “as you weren’t born in a barn”
8. We don’t own the utility company.
My Dad always reminded me of this fact and I now always remind my Son the same thing as he leaves every light on in his path, stands in front of the fridge with the doors wide open looking for that special item.
7. There is no free lunch
I have had to struggle and take my success in my life, I have never been given a free lunch as the saying goes. My Son as he is working odd jobs for a couple of years before he goes off to College for Engineering has learned first hand how Education = money = your chances of an interesting career
6. Things sure have changed since Dad was a kid
In my opinion back in even the 70’s you could actually walk out of high school with only completing grade nine and start at the bottom of ABC corp and become the President of that company. Today without a degree your lucky to get a job working on the line. And that requires grade 12
5. Money Doesn’t grow on tree’s
Money when I was growing up wasn’t easy to come by, I don’t mean in the sense you could get a job and earn money to spend. Back in the 70’s you needed money to borrow money, it was unheard of to borrow money to buy a television, not anyone carried a credit card. Today money literally grows on tree’s. You can borrow money for just about anything at just about any age. The banks don’t care one bit about your future they want your money one interest payment at a time. My Son has learned though hearing “Money Doesn’t grow on tree’s” coming from my mouth what saving money can mean for your future. Earning interest or dividends one day at a time.
4. You have to work for what you get in life, there is no free ride.
Just like it was 30, 40 , 50 years ago if you worked hard, you got noticed and moved ahead in your career. Today it’s still the same except working smarter instead of harder is more the norm. My Dad used to say just work hard and show them what you can do. I think today it’s show them how smart you are and show them an easier more profitable way to do it and maybe you will become Manager.
3. Kids today have it so easy
This one isn’t true, our kids I believe have it far more difficult than my generation the baby boomers. Everything moves faster than most folks can digest. Salaries aren’t nearly sufficient to get ahead in life or for some get started. Most of our children are pampered and not prepared for life. Our schools have to teach more about life at a very early age.
2. If something is worth doing it’s worth doing well
You can’t do something twice, that’s not really true but we all know that expression “you can only make a first impression once”. Well my Son has heard me say do it right the first time or do it the very best you can the first time because if something is worth doing it’s worth doing well.
1. Your the worlds greatest Dad.