12 Life Lessons My Father Just Taught Me

12 Life Lessons My Father Just Taught Me

I had a phone conversation with my father earlier today and he gave me some sound advice—inadvertently.

His name is Bill and he has always been a pretty insightful guy. So I wanted to know his answer to a question I’ve heard asked on podcasts time and time again. I had no idea what to expect but the gems he dropped were nothing shy of priceless.

Here is the question I asked him:
If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what advice would you give?

His answers were extremely clever, so I decided to type them out and make them public for anyone else that might benefit from them.

  • Commit to change.
  • Have a better relationship with your children
  • Be faithful to yourself
  • Become as stable as you possibly can
  • Change to adjust to life
  • It’s never too late to recognize and become a different person
  • Replacing burnt bridges takes time and patience
  • You can be what you want to be
  • Stick to your plan
  • Sometimes you have to take extremes to refocus
  • Believe in something bigger than yourself
  • Nothing is more important than having your own

I needed to hear all of this. His words were all right on time. I’m at a stage in my life where I am making some significant changes, and each of these items really speaks to the direction I am headed in.

After Bill gave me his list, he asked me the same question. I thought about it for a second and the only thing I could come up with that he hadn’t already covered was association.

I wish I knew better then how important association was. The people you spend time with and get advice from can literally make or break you. I didn’t know that back then. This is a very, very crucial part of winning the game of life.

I did so many stupid things because of whom I was around and what I was watching on TV or listening to on the radio. Smoking, drinking, continuously clubbing, reckless sexual behavior, meaningless spending, running away from home, fighting, being a thief, disrespecting my mother, and most of the bad that I experienced was related to my association and input.

Let me know if there is anything he or I said that resonates with you. Also, let me know if someone has given you some wisdom that has changed the way you view life.