Some (Fatherly) Career Advice

fatherly adviceTerms like "fatherly advice" and "father knows best" are common for a reason. Dads give pretty sound advice (regardless of how off-color, unwanted or blunt it seems at the time).

During childhood, their wisdom may have helped us see a situation in a new way ("The smart kids may not be the cool ones now, but they're the ones everyone will want to be in 20 years."), and as we got older, it may have confirmed things we already knew deep down ("I didn't want to have to tell you this, but that guy you're dating is a jerk.").

So, in honor of Fathers' Day this weekend, we asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers for the best career advice their fathers had given them. Here's what their dads had to say.


  • "You have to start somewhere. Take that job and make the best out of it." -- Will C., via Facebook

  • "Success and happiness at work come by embracing and using the strengths that makes one different." -- @assetspersonifi via Twitter

  • "If you're on time, you're late..."-- Sheina S., via Facebook

  • "'Always leave work each day having done more than you were paid to do.' He was a disabled vet, but never acted it -- a hero." -- @DesertDojo , via Twitter

  • "Stay strong."-- Jeimyy N., via Facebook

  • "Start your own business, treat it like it's a baby. (You would never turn your back on or leave a baby alone.) [Then] you work your butt off for about twenty years." -- Brian W., via Facebook

  • "No job is beneath you." -- Eric B., via Facebook

  • "If you pick a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life."-- @HR_Cynic, via Twitter

  • "Truthfulness goes a long way, honesty is the best policy." -- Jessie C., via Facebook

  • "Always send a hand written thank you note. Maybe the best advice he ever gave." -- Michael G., via Facebook

  • "Don't quit!" -- Debra M., via Facebook

  • "Show up on time, always give 100 percent and only leave when the job is done." -- Janiero C., via Facebook

  • "Never say I don't know. Say 'Let me get back to you' and go look it up." -- Carolyn H., via Facebook

  • "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." -- @L_Gilmour, via Twitter

  • "Do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, and be proud of whatever you do." -- Beverly R., via Facebook

  • "Grin and bear it." -- Paul S., via Facebook

  • "A great career lies at the crossroad of what you love, what you're good at, and what people are willing to pay you for." -- @WhatUrGoodAt, via Twitter

  • "As long as you're putting food on the table for your family, hold your head high and be proud!" -- @myJobble, via Twitter

  • "Live your life by your own moral code and never sacrifice that same code in the workplace." -- Renee E., via Facebook

  • "Love what you do, never give up, take risks and treat everyone with respect." -- @GenerationsGuru via Twitter

  • "To write things down and regroup every day." -- Amie P., via Facebook

  • "Get the best education you can, so that you could support yourself in case you marry the wrong man ... It's a good thing I took that advice!" -- Donna E., via Facebook

  • "Successful people take risks!" -- @Career411Dan, via Twitter

  • "Get up, go to work, do your job and be proud of yourself." -- Michael M., via Facebook

  • "Do everything I didn't and nothing I did and you will succeed." -- @easyresumewrite, via Twitter

  • "Shut up and listen, there is always someone who knows more than you do. [And] it's difficult to soar with eagles when you work with turkeys." -- Beth G., via Facebook

  • "At 17 [years old], my dad told me to either go to college or into military. He had a GED. I now have MS [in engineering]." -- @LindaLHargrove, via Twitter

  • "Quit. They don't deserve you." -- Keri C., via Facebook

  • "Basically it's ok to start off at the bottom but it's not ok to stay there. Look at the top, see what they're doing and do it." -- @ApolloGreg, via Twitter

  • "You can't change the circus, unless you change the clowns." -- @mdtnavedu, via Twitter


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