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How One FATHER Changed My Life

With Father’s Day quickly approaching I was starting to think of Father’s Day gifts, what card I was going to get, and if I was going to update my social media about how special my dad is to me. Then I started to think…. What would I share about the guy that raised me as his own even though I’m not.
See at the age of 3 he decided he was going to take on the biggest job you could ever take on. He adopted me and became my DAD. From that point on I had a full- time dad. We had the father and daughter relationship I assumed every family had. We had the best of best times and the worst of times. I would get so mad at him just like any young girl does with their father. I grew up learning hard lessons and he was there to pick me up, kick me in the butt, or just sit in silence when I needed it.
This made me think about all the life lessons that my dad taught me over the years. He has taught me so many that I couldn’t list them all but the biggest one that stood out to me was this:
One person’s decisions, actions, and words can reflect and make a difference to so many other people!
He made that decision to adopt me at the age of 3 and as a result I grew up with a loving mother and father and the best brother. I had a family because he chose that for me! And to this day I still pick up that phone when I need my dad, even as a grown adult! Thanks dad for teaching me life lessons that I’ll never forget and more importantly showing me how to apply these life lessons.
In honor of Father’s Day I thought I would ask the Motivation & Success staff to share life lessons from their dad:
When I moved out of my parents’ house, my dad wrote me a list of things to always keep in mind and do. I remember 3 things from that list…

1. Give money to the street musician (as it turns out my own child made his way from Ohio to California and back as a street musician)
2. Always wrestle the bear (Take opportunities as they arise, no fear, no regrets. You may never get another chance)
3. Call your mother…

~Carol

“Nothing you get in life is ever given to you. You have to work, and work hard to get the things you want.” ~Kate

“He taught be always bite my tongue no matter how hard it is. To always be silent when you want to talk the most” ~Jen

“Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself” ~Julie
“Never let anyone take advantage of you and always be true to who I am. He has taught me how to be a strong, kind and caring person.” ~Kerry

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