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15 Life Lessons My Soldier Dad Has Taught Me

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My father is the most magnificent person in my life. He is, and always has been, my biggest support system and the most incredible source of inspiration. Having been in the armed forces, he lives life differently.

He is more open, progressive, and willing to embrace “change” with open arms. He isn’t scared of anything — even when things aren’t going his way. He’s persistent and hardworking and literally “marches on” with a positive attitude until he gets where he needs to be.

Here are 15 excellent life lessons he has taught me:

1. Don’t be afraid to change. It’s inevitable. Life would be much easier if you embraced change with open arms and did not hesitate to accept it.

2. Be a student for life. No matter how many trips you complete around the sun, never assume you know it all. Be ready to listen, gain knowledge, and understand the other person’s point of view. Learning never ends.

3. Respect authority. The armed forces teach their soldiers to give regard to seniors. Even though the concept might seem archaic today, it has taught me to respect everyone.

4. Independence comes with responsibility. You might have ample freedom to do whatever you like, but you must learn the importance of being accountable for your actions.

5. Spending time with family and building relationships is just as important as work. Don’t sacrifice one for the other. Maintain a balance between the two.

6. Being a clown is cool. Laughing at your own jokes is cooler! Don’t take yourself too seriously. Make people laugh.

7. Be grateful for everything you have. A lot of people don’t have what you have, and you may not even realize it. Count your blessings every day.

8. It’s OK to make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Avoid repeating mistakes, though. That isn’t good.

9. Be a good friend. Be helpful, understanding, and supportive. You don’t always have to see eye to eye on all things with them.

10. Self-discipline is a virtue. Nothing can stop you if you’re focused and willing to work hard consistently. It’s all about showing up every day.

11. Forgive quickly. This is vital in all relationships, personal and professional. Look forward, move forward.

12. Love your work. If you don’t love it, then change it.

13. When feeling overwhelmed, make a to-do list. Jot down all tasks. Prioritize them. Clear your mind, and then get into action.

14. Take extra care of your spouse and children. Take care of all aspects for them — emotional, physical, mental, and financial. They’ll always be a constant in your life.

15. Age is just a number. You’re never too old to switch careers, pick up a new hobby, venture into a new business. Life is meant to be enjoyed and cherished. What is it without a bit of risk?


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