The Most Important Lesson I Learned From My Daddy

June 16, 2013 • Inspiration


Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Don’t take the easy way out.

I’ve heard my dad say this a million times. “Rana, why didn’t you wash the dishes correctly, the first time.”-or- “Rana, come back and vacuum this room again, you didn’t do it right.” When I was younger and heard this, it infuriated me. But now, as an adult I really understand the meaning behind my dad’s stern words.

Taking the easy way out, always ends up in doing more time later. For all those dishes I hurriedly washed and all those other things I quickly did, I

always ended up using extra time to fix them later. As the Jamaican saying goes, “Why not just do it one time, good, and done?” (Translation: Why don’t you just do it right the first time and you won’t ever have to come back to fix it?”) As individuals with exciting ideas, we might think rushing to achieve our goals is the best bet towards success.

Not really.

Great ideas require great execution, and great execution requires great planning. Sometimes planning takes a long time, but it’s totally worth it. Daddy’s words also provide me with motivation. Sometimes when I’m lacking hope and thinking about how long a project is going to take me or about how much more time I have left in doing something, I remember that it’s okay to be a little slow. Haphazard care ends in silly errors and mistakes. Though mistakes are good for building character, if you find yourself always making them because of your lack of diligence, maybe it’s time to reevaluate how you attack ideas. So remember, your ideas should never be thought of in a “get-quick-rich mindset”. Take the time, do some planning, testing, and more.

Don’t take the easy way out.

Happy Fathers Day to all you wonderful dads who are providing inspiration to their children every day!

What are some important life lessons your dad taught you?

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  • Anonymous

    Great Post!