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Great Career Advice From Famous Dads

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th. This holiday provides an excellent opportunity for both celebration and reflection on all of the wisdom that’s been handed down.

This year, let’s celebrate Father’s Day by honoring the dads who have inspired and supported the next generation of men and women. Their perspective, and their encouragement, is invaluable. Famous fathers have a unique role to play here as they paint of a canvas that extends beyond the bounds of their immediate family. Of course, famous moms have offered quite a bit of wisdom too. But today, let’s take a closer look at some great career advice from famous dads.

1. Don’t worry too much

“Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion

Don’t worry about dolls

Don’t worry about the past

Don’t worry about the future

Don’t worry about growing up

Don’t worry about anybody

getting ahead of you

Don’t worry about triumph

Don’t worry about failures unless

it comes through your own fault

Don’t worry about mosquitos

Don’t worry about flies

Don’t worry about insects in


Don’t worry about parents

Don’t worry about boys

Don’t worry about


Don’t worry about pleasures

Don’t worry about satisfactions” – F. Scott Fitzgerald in a 1933 letter to his 11-year-old daughter Scottie

2. Never put limits on your dreams

“These are the things I want for you — to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world.” – Barack Obama

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3. You Have to take chances

“You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

4. Do what you love

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.” – Albert Einstein in a 1915 letter to his son

5. Make your family a priority too

“There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” – Ronald Reagan

6. Be patient

“And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main this is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.” – John Steinbeck

7. Look to the future and let the past go

“Go to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” – Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky

8. True satisfaction comes from within

“And I venture to predict that after all the huzzas have been uttered and the public acclaim is but a memory, you will derive the greatest satisfaction from the serene knowledge that you have discovered new truths. You can say to yourself: this I saw, this I experienced, this I know to be the truth.” – Marion Carpenter in a letter to his son Scott Carpenter, astronaut

9. Be interested

“The secret of success is concentrating interest in life, interest in sports and good times, interest in your studies, interest in your fellow students, interest in the small things of nature, insects, birds, flowers, leaves, etc. In other words to be fully awake to everything about you & the more you learn the more you can appreciate & get a full measure of joy & happiness out of life.”-LeRoy Pollock, excerpt from a 1928 letter to his son Jackson Pollock

10. Learn from the wisdom of your elders, even your dad

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain

Sources: Bustle, HelloGiggles, ZipRecruiter, Forbes, BrainPickings, FastCompany,

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