Lessons From My Father

This Father’s Day got me thinking about the importance of being a father. All day long people were wishing fathers, Happy Father’s Day. I received hundreds of beautiful posts and tweets wishing me the same. This caused me to ask myself, what kind of father am I?

I began to ask myself, do I spend enough time with my kids? If something happened to me today, what would they remember me for? Have I made a lasting impact on them yet?

My father died when I was only 10 years of age and people have often said, “oh you lost your father at such a young age, he didn’t even have time to teach you about life.” But that is not true at all.  My father had a major impact on my life in just those few years.  Most of which he taught me he never even talked about, he taught me in how he lived and worked.

Here are 5 key valuable lesson my dad instilled in me that I have carried through my life:

  1. Your name is your most valuable asset.
  2. Be known for your work ethic and don’t waste a minute.
  3. Pay attention to all people regardless of position.
  4. Success is something you create not something that happens.
  5. Approach success as your duty.

Being a father is my most important role in my life. Being a husband the second most important and being a businessman the third. I use a planner I exhibit great work ethic and never waste a minute giving me the best shot at being a 10X dad.

To all the 10X fathers in the world I salute you for making the time, setting your priorities and creating the example of success for those around you. I know it’s not easy.

Many of you, whether you know it or not have been role models to because of the great example you set. To all of you out there that LEAD people everyday and father them in their careers.

I truly hope you all had a great Father’s Day.

Be great, nothing else pays.

Grant Cardone

  • David Falkenstrom says:

    Dear Messenger; I appreciate what your saying I was not trying to sound like a know it all, the heart of my comment was on placing ones children first, in front of wife, because the healthy marriage is what gives the children stability. As far as what a person represents in the world, saying that you believe in God is always a risk, saying that you beieve God has given mankind an owners manual to live by is even riskier, but I am willing to take that risk, because it is much safer than relying on the ever evolving and shifting tides of the culture we live in. I realize this is a business blog, mostly positive mental attitude type stuff, geared toward helping us all make more money and be more successful, I get that, there is more to life however, than just success, many men and women reach the top of the ladder only to find it leaning against the wrong wall, I really appreciate Grant Cardones material but Zig Zeiglar’s from success to significance is a great resource to deal with the whole picture. Thank you for your input I hope you hear my heart.

  • Delia De Jesus says:

    My father died while I was yet too young to understand his impact in my life – but he left me with the greatest impression of all – he cooked a meal for me that was so terrible I tossed it out his window without him seeing me do it — I didn’t know it then as I know it now – “I had such a strong sense of compassion towards him” … and compassion is one of my strongest qualities today!

  • James says:

    Thank you… for sharing your father’s great words of wisdom. My grandfather always said to me…“Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover”… similar to your #3.

  • The messenger says:

    Forcing any belief onto another person is what God teaches. Telling someone that they are wrong because they don’t believe is a matter of option and makes you appear close minded. Remember that beliefs have evolved over time and will continue to change. Be cautious of what you represent in this world

  • San Diego DJ Dave Leeds says:

    My dad is a BALLER. I’ve learned everything I know by watching him.

  • David Falkenstrom says:

    You only have one thing wrong, God should come first in life, then your wife, then your children.

  • Andrea says:

    Such nice thoughts & the spirit in it! Thanks Grant!

  • Alex Malone says:

    Thanks Grant! Well said!

  • David Sharp says:

    Well said Grant!

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