The 5 Keys to Success I Learned from my Father

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Looking at my resume, it wouldn’t seem like I’ve had one career interest- my jobs have ranged from running political campaigns, managing multi-million-dollar retail stores to personal training. In the last fifteen years in the job market, you could say I’ve done my fair share of “career experimenting”.

Despite my tumultuous progression in career, I have succeeded in most, if not all my careers. I’ve built companies and people, and attribute my success to the lessons I learned from my father.

My father didn’t have much growing up. He managed a grocery store to get through college, and then was a salesman before he got the opportunity that changed and shaped his life with a financial institution. He’s been with the same institution for well over thirty years, and it’s why today, I strive to be just as successful as him. So, what are his keys to success?

  1. Have a Strong Handshake– My father said it is one of the most important parts of a first impression. To this day, it has become one of the first things I’ve noticed about people, and why I continue to be complimented on mine.
  2. Do or Do Not, There is No Try- Whenever I doubted myself, my father repeated this- It’s also why Yoda is his contact icon in my phone.
  3. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”- While Bob Dylan said it first, my father also said this constantly when I was a kid. Trust your gut, you don’t need an expert to tell you what you already know.
  4. Manifest Your Destiny- At 12, I spent a couple hours with my father hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer speak. I can’t say I remember (or stayed awake) for the duration of the lecture, but I did gather one important thing from it- you are in control of your happiness and future, and only you have the power to change it.
  5. You Sell YOU- My father built his business on his relationships and ability to maintain relationships with people. In any business, you are selling yourself- no matter the product, so always present your BEST self.

It’s funny how the things I remember that have helped me the most in life are things I learned from my father, not my education or even job experience. Whether it comes to navigating my position at Artemis, to interacting with new people at networking events, or writing content daily, these lessons from my father ring true throughout every life and career stage.

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