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What's the best piece of fatherly advice you've gotten?

Because it's Father's Day, I was thinking about all the great advice my own dad's given me over the years, and how helpful it's been in shaping my life and business. He's taught me how to keep going, even in the toughest of times. And how's there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Curious what others have learned from their dads that has made a large impact on their lives, specifically when it comes to entrepreneurship and work?

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Robb Vaules
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Robb Vaules Entrepreneur
Western Region Marketing Director
Never order a drink with well liquor.
Steaks should never be cooked past medium.
Potatoes are a vegetable.
Pick up the damn check.
Michael Mozill
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Michael Mozill Entrepreneur
Associate Professor of Business Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology
You should always owe a lot of people a lot of money. That way there are more people praying that you live. :):)
Allison Rosenberg, Ph.D.
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Allison Rosenberg, Ph.D. Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO, posed2,Inc.

GREAT topic. Let's add "What he did for a living" after recounting our Pop's advice. Here's my contribution:

"Don't talk about it. DO IT.".


WAYYYY before Nike.Dad was an academic psychologist. Every time we parted, he'd say "Write often. Send checks.".

Miss that man. Happy Father's Day to all.

Benjamin Olding
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Co-founder, Board Member at Jana
"When negotiating, the upper hand tends to go to the side who has time on their side. Try to have time on your side."

"If you want the ketchup to come out right, shake the bottle vigorously before you open the lid, not after." That's not a metaphor - just excellent advice on how to pour ketchup.
Brian Lewallen
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Brian Lewallen Advisor
President at Muscle D Fitness
A footnote to Benjamin's advise...."the best deals are made when you have the ability and willingness to walk away from the negotiating table!"
Bianca Alexander, Esq.
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Bianca Alexander, Esq. Entrepreneur
CEO + Creative Director, Conscious Living
"Bad business is no business."
Mike Goyette
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Mike Goyette Advisor
President at Global Service Technicians, Inc.
"Never buy bigger pants."

Not business related, but still good advice!

Advice I give to my daughters (who are still young): "An employer will only pay you enough to keep you."
Owen W. Coleman
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Owen W. Coleman Entrepreneur
Owner Caillle Blanc Villa
Never expect any gratitude from those you help to succeed along your journey of life.
Miles Galliford
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Miles Galliford Entrepreneur
Founder /Managing Director at Beatroot Music Ltd
If it is worth doing, it's worth doing properly
Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration
Honesty is like pregnancy, you either are or you're not
Phil Wilton | MBA
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Phil Wilton | MBA Entrepreneur
Strategic Global Group
Best advice from my Dad.
Dont buy anything that you can't pay for twice. It's worked well for me for many years. This way you know you will always have some [money] left over for those "just in case" moments.
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