Life Lessons I learned from Dad that I use in my career
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30 No-Drama Life Lessons I Learned From My Dad that I Use in My Career

I’m a Daddy’s girl. Yup, that’s right.

I grew up in awe of my Dad and while we are 4 siblings – I’m the middle child, I never once thought that he loved anyone of us more than the other.

My Dad lived overseas for most of his life only going back home every 6 months. I barely knew him growing up.

My sisters, brothers and I waited patiently as we counted the days until he would be back again. The anticipation made us hopeful and giddy.

There was no social media then and so we wrote to him and he wrote to us. Snail mail and all. Good times.

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He would call once a month and since we didn’t have a phone then, he would call our neighbor so we can talk to him for a few minutes.

I remember our neighbor running towards our house yelling that my Dad was on the phone.

And there we were, my mom, brother, older sister and younger sister running as fast as we could just to have those precious minutes with our Dad.

Oh, I remember his voice, always cheerful. Full of life. It’s truly quite a signature.

Life was not all rainbows and butterflies, but it was good. He gave us a good life.

I studied hard and made sure that I did everything I could to make him proud. I was disciplined. I woke up early every day and commuted to get to school.

My school was in an exclusive subdivision in Manila and while I was walking with my bag ang books in tow and my classmates in their luxury cars drove past me, I remember thinking that one day, I’ll drive a nice car and do well for myself too.

One day… But not that day.

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A bit about my Dad…

My Dad came from a family of 9 and he was the eldest. They were dirt poor.

But my dad was the smartest of the siblings and managed to ace the entrance exam of the most prestigious state universities in the Philippines where thousands tried.

And he came out victorious. He would be the 1st in the family to go to college.

It was a big deal.

Armed with intelligence and a bucket full of courage, off he went to conquer his fears so he can get a better life. He went to college. He studied and worked diligently.

After 4 years, he got his diploma. No delays. On time.

And he was proud. My grandmother and all 9 siblings were proud. After college, my dad found work and he worked like a horse.

One time, he told me that there is nothing like working in the rice fields. The heat, the sweat and that feeling that life would not get better could consume you.

He fought hard not to get to that point. Hence, the undeniable motivation and the fire that never burned out.

He said that while he is proud of where he came from, he would not want that life for us, his family.

And with courage and determination, he was offered a job overseas that paid for our school, a house, a car and food that never ran out.

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Fast forward …

And so the day came and it was graduation day for me. I was graduating with honors. First in my family.

I was proud. It was quite an achievement. My hard work finally paid off. I have gone to 2 schools to get my diploma and had quite a ride as I went through that journey.

But nothing was sweeter than seeing my Dad clip that little medal on my graduation dress. I saw him choked a tear and had the biggest smile.

When I got a job as a call center agent, 17 years ago, I was so excited. And just like the ever-supportive Dad that he was, he brought me to work every night since I worked the graveyard shift for a solid year.

And every night, we would talk about life, love, career, motivation and everything else in between. I looked forward to those moments.

Little did I know that those were the best moments of my life.

More than being able to spend time with Dad, I knew I was the only one who had that precious time with him. None of my siblings had the chance to experience such a life changing experience.

And so, I did my best to remember the learning as much as I could. Hence, the quotes below.

I browsed through hundreds of quotes and narrowed down the 30 that I learned from my Dad.

These inspirational quotes are my go-to quotes and instant career advice when I need courage, motivation and guidance on leadership that has helped me  in more ways than one in my 17 year career.

My Dad died 10 years ago and even up to this day, his love and passion lives on through the life-lessons that he has taught me in that car ride.

What a car ride it has been.

So here are the 30 No Drama Life Lessons I learned from my Dad that I use in my career.

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Work hard and make the most of your age. As you are young, hustle and make a life. This is how you build a strong foundation. 

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Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It is where you learn and get back up. Faking perfections is not worth the time. At work, making mistakes is part of your career. Make the most out of it and learn. This is how you become a strong individual. 

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The magic of possibilities is a great driver. Live each day with a fervor that life is going to get better. That the best is yet to come.

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My Dad always reminded me that if you want to go far in life, it starts with YOU. Believe you can and the rest will open

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Carving your own path is hard not only because you are going against the norm but also because of people that don’t appreciate your approach. Stay the course. Let them talk. Stay focused. Your career will go a long way. 

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Negativity is all around. It’s something you have to deal with everyday. Learn to control the way you respond. It will toughen you up and will be important on your overall well being. There are a lot of people like this in the office, learn to navigate around them. Do not engage. Just let them be and soon enough they will leave you alone. 

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Whether this is getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy, exercising, saving, learning a new skill… Do it. Start today. Don’t procrastinate.

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There’s nothing good that comes out if you stay on the sidelines. Take a stand and be bold. Be open to new things. Take a risk. The best thing about it is that you will learn either way. It’s a win-win when you take a risk.

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In your career, you will experience working with people from different backgrounds. Now while this is great for diversity, there are those that limit themselves based on their background. Know when to distinguish these people. Don’t allow yourself to explain more especially if the other person is set on their perception. You won’t be allowed in their side of the fence no matter what you do.
Save your energy. Move on.

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Learn to understand people and take the time to observe their behaviors. While you will meet so many people in your life, learn to sift through and select the ones that have a good heart. While some people change, most people don’t. 

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Building a future is being mindful of the present. Learn to take every opportunity to better your life. This includes relationships, love and your career. Invest in these 3 things to build your future and your won’t have to worry about the present.

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If when you find yourself thinking about a dream even in the middle of doing something, this means keep working on it. Eventually, that dre​am will be a reality. Believe it will happen.

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Negative people are a waste of time. Don’t give them the satisfaction of being given attention. It’s okay to stay away from these types of people. Not only for your own sanity but for your own good.

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Learning to rest is about understanding your body, your mind, and your well being. Get to know the tell-tale signs of each important part of yourself. Rest well. Rest when you can. Do not give up because life is getting harder. Just rest. And then push forward.

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Learning the rules of the game is just as important as playing the game. Understand them so you can break them and create a masterpiece. Remember that the greatest artists are the ones who broke the rules after understanding and living it. 

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One of the best career tips my Dad taught me is to be neutral in any story as you truly understand the person’s character. People are going to say so many things about other people. Don’t judge the person based on another person’s opinion. Oftentimes, theirs are flawed. Be diligent in building your own judgment based on an objective approach.

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Work hard and stay the course. You will sacrifice so much in life. But know that it will bear fruits in the future. Keep at it. 

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People who are truly there for you genuinely want you to be successful. The people who help you before you even asked are the ones worth keeping. Keep these ones. 

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Life is a long marathon. And the more you look at it as a way of life, then the better you are in going through ups and downs. Always be ready for battle.

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Learning is a lifelong commitment and as you go through the tough times of life and your career, remember and learn from them. Recover as best as you can and heal your wounds. Forgive and forget are for people who do not want to learn. Remember and Recover is better.

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Faith in God is in important in your life and career. Know that God is there to guide you no matter what. Keep the faith. 

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Almost everything is a choice. This is ownership. And when you are faced with being aggressive, stop yourself. Choose kindness. Oftentimes, it’s in the times you choose kindness that positive things happen.

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Travel as much as you can. Learning about a place through another person is fine but nothing beats actual experience.  It will not only open your mind into new things, it will also keep you grounded about life and different cultures.

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Sometimes people are so used to you and your contribution that they do not see the value that you bring in any more. Make them feel your absence. Have a vacation. This will not only do wonders for you but will also make your colleagues or bosses feel your value.

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Thoughts about the worst things don’t help. Worrying doesn’t help. Think of thoughts that will advance you. That will get you motivated. These are the thoughts that should always be on your mind.

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If you truly are open to what life can offer, then affirm this statement over and over. It will open your mindset and motivate you to truly look at t​​​​​hings differently especially at work. Having this mindset is an advantage in your career.

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Trust is an uphill climb and a slippery slope when lost. Once a person gives it to you. Take good care of it. Never break it. This speaks volumes about your character.

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Impossible things happen. But you have to first believe it is possible. It begins with you. Impossible becomes possible​ as soon as you start believing it can happen.

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Actions speak louder than words. And this holds true not just personally but professionally. There will always talk and promises in the office. Be the person who actually gets SHIT done. 

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Your effort will spell out your intentions and priority. Make an effort to the ones that are truly important in your career. 

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About Daisy Casio

Daisy Casio is a Passionate Operations Leader with over 16 years of work experience in various leadership roles. She has run diverse teams in multiple locations and has built teams from the ground up. She is the Founder of ChampLeaders Blog dedicated to transforming leaders to Champions. She writes about leadership, management, productivity, career tips, team engagement and many more. 

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