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What have I learned from my dad?

What life skills have you learned from your parents?

My dad recently turned 88 and what a great life he has had so far.  Parents teach us so many things, but what stands out?  I wanted to dedicate the #CJJblog this week to my dad and reflect on the many things I have learned from him over the years.  What are some things your parents have taught you?

  • Respect.  Do you respect others?  My father was the first person who taught me the value of respect and that you must treat everyone equally.
  • Calm within the storm.  No matter how chaotic things got around him, my dad always keeps a cool head.  As a basketball coach, this was something I wish I mastered, especially early on in my career.
  • Listening.  Are you a good listener?  You should always listen first, and speak second.  As the saying goes, “You have two ears and one mouth…”
  • Exercise.  Do you exercise consistently?  My dad instilled the value of exercising on a regular basis, both for your mental and physical health.
  • Family first.  Always put your family first.  Prioritize their needs and be loyal to those you are related to.  After all, you only get one family.
  • Your word.  Is your word as good as gold?  My father’s is.  Are you consistent with your words and actions?  Always follow through.
  • Level-headed.  Do you let your emotions get the best of you (good or bad)?  My dad is extraordinarily good at keeping an even keel and handling situations with great poise.
  • Optimism – Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  My dad is great at finding a silver lining in any situation.
  • Work ethic.  Are you afraid to get your hands dirty and put in some hard work?  My father showed me the value of going the extra mile and how important a good work ethic is.
  • Punctuality.  Like my father, one of my non-negotiables is punctuality.  On time is late, early is on time.  Are you someone who is always running late to things?
My dad and I at my Coach of the Year award ceremony in 1996

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and his “Limitless Leadership Lounge” podcast team sat down to chat about incremental growth with Chad Hymas – You can listen to the episode HERE.

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