Back in June of 2000, Fred decided to make a list that he had typed up of quotes, knowledge and his experiences through life.
I guess he thought this was his “mantra” and was passing these points of interest onto us girls… It’s since been a topic of conversation, amusing and true as they maybe… For what it is, something to remember good ole’ Fred.
DAD’S LIFE LESSONS
PERSISTENCE: Never, never, never give up! Most obstacles can be overcome, eventually.
CHANGE: the only constant is accelerating change! Be prepared to learn and adapt at an increasing rate.
FRIENDSHIP: Good friends are rare, can last a lifetime. Lucky to have two or three. Judge people by what they do, not what they say; talk is cheap.
WORRY: 99% of things are not worth the time and trouble. A hundred years from now, who will care or remember?
TIMING: Very important and is based partially on luck, but also judgment. Can not be forced and better to be a little ahead.
MENTAL STRENGTH: Think for yourself, you must be tough! “Life is great, as long as you don’t weaken”–Roy L. Epner
DECISIONS: Make them based upon instinct, knowledge, experience, and rationally—not emotionally. It is better to make a wrong decision than none. You will learn from your mistakes.
RISK/SECURITY: There is a direct relationship: more risk, more reward. Life is a risk. There are no guarantees. Security has a price: time, money, independence, etc.
WORK/CAREER: Find something you enjoy that is challenging. Don’t settle for less, especially when you are young.
INSTINCT: Go with your gut feelings, both mental and physical. A very high percentage will turn out to be the right choice.
TIME: Most precious resource we have. Don’t waste it! We cannot get more. Get and stay organized.
MONEY: Very important but will not bring happiness alone. Can enslave you to material things but can create greater freedom and independence.
FREEDOM/INDEPENDENCE: After time, our most precious commodity. Must try and maintain your personal and physical time from society’s nonsense.
GENDER DIFFERENCES: Men and women are different and not equal. Understand the difference and you will have greater success with people.
PERSPECTIVE/ PRIORITIES: Learn what is important and not important. This takes time, age, and wisdom. Hard to do but invaluable for life.
LOVE & HAPPINESS: Third most important thing. Don’t think it is normal or easy to find. When you do, feel fortunate, especially if it lasts for a long time.
COMMUNICATION: Learn to listen. Body language is most important. How something is said; tone is more important than what is said.
SUCCESS: Set achievable goals based upon your own criteria, not others. Be yourself.
RESPONSIBILITY: Accept it if you want to be treated equally. Admit when you are wrong.
thanks dad, words to live by