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Best lessons from your father

Started this discussion. Last reply by Louis S Jan 29, 2010. 40 Replies

My Dad is an old hard ass electrician. He’s 58 but he carries himself like he’s 80; he has literally worked his life away. I've seen nails through his foot, watched him sever his thumb; make his…Continue

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I found this site through the manly book list and I’m very happy I did. I’m 21 and while legally an adult, I’m still constantly striving to become a better man. I'm a former student at a four year…Continue

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Feb 17, 2010
Louis S replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
""The right tool for the right job" - this was one of my dad's favorites too. And you're right, it doesn't just apply to building or fixing things."
Jan 29, 2010
John Michael Malec replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"My dad was never really around and didn't teach me anything. However, My grandfather taught me all the things a dad should. From my grandfather, a high ranking police officer who worked his way up from the bottom, I learned how to hunt, fish,…"
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Louis S replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"Great post, my dad is a similar type of man who was worked harder than anyone I know his entire life. He has been a grocer most of his life, used to tell me how he started when he was 7, and owned his own store for about 15 years now. I used help…"
Jan 24, 2010
Tom Slayton replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"What a post Bennett, your father sounds like a good strong man the lessons of life that I learned from my grand-dad are: - Work ethic, you've just got to work. - Take care of your wife & family, whatever the cost. - Look for the best in…"
Jan 24, 2010
thehuhman replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"I enjoyed reading about you and your father. I wish I had a story like that to convey. Thanks for posting, and yes... by all means, Chris, go have that beer!"
Jan 24, 2010
liam replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"yeah, i'm quick to offer help, but i almost never ask for it. the older i get, the more like my dad i become or at least realize."
Jan 24, 2010
Chris replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"When I speak of my "dad", I'm really referencing my step father. My biological dad did little in raising me before leaving when I was young. That said... My father is a retired brig general of the Army. (I've got to be generic…"
Jan 24, 2010
Chris replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
""Ah yes, and my grandfather had a pearl of wisdom that I use on a daily basis, " If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. If daddy ain't happy don't nobody care."" John, I cannot tell you how many men…"
Jan 24, 2010
David Miller replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"Best thing my Dad ever has said to me is that he didn't care what I did with my life as long as I did SOMETHING. I've taken that to heart and love that he kept it so open-ended and made it clear he just wanted me to succeed at something."
Jan 24, 2010
Forrest Ross replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"My dad, being a hearty old plumber has taught me many lessons over the years, whether he intended to or not. One phrase that has stuck with me, a little twist on the grass on the other side of the fence: "The greenest grass always grows around…"
Jan 24, 2010
Tom replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"I learned a few things that are tangible.. more that aren't.... - sacrifice... for family, friends, country - love deeply those few you trust and always be there for them - work hard, be on time, and stay late.... and never bitch about it, you…"
Jan 23, 2010
Aaron M. Smith replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"Although there are many, the absolute best lesson I have taken from my father is that of living your spiritual faith on a daily basis. Good days or bad. Rain or shine. It may have something to do with his life as a small-town farmer. Relying in…"
Jan 23, 2010
John Carney replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"My old man was a real piece of work, apparently there is a whole generation of micks that think kids will learn better if ya smack 'em around. Yeah that sucks, so whadda ya gonna do about it? I put my self in the company of old dudes I wanted…"
Jan 23, 2010
Warren Reid Grigsby replied to Benn Gilliam's discussion Best lessons from your father
"Great discussion. My father is my best friend, but was also very stern. He was stern in that old school way, meaning that he could be that way and you still love him to pieces. The best lesson that he ever taught me follows: One day during winter…"
Jan 23, 2010

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"All men live lives of quiet desperation." Those are the words of a beaten man accepting failure. Fuck that. I disagree with every ounce of my being. Win or lose, I will never give up the fight. The only way your life is one of quiet desperation is if you let it become that way. I for one, say No. I will never lead that life. I will always try, I will always put every piece of my being into my dream, I will always demand a destiny I think I deserve and then I will spend every moment and ounce of energy I have trying to reach it. I will never just settle. Settling is for losers. I would would rather give it my very best shot and fail, then never try.

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At 1:04am on January 22, 2010, Brett McKay said…
Welcome aboard Bennett! The link to the free ebook comes when you subscribe to the main site to get RSS or email updates. The links are at the bottom of every post you receive in your feed reader or email box.
At 12:49am on January 22, 2010, Michael D. Denny said…
If you like, Send me a private message with your offsite email addy where you would like to receive it.
At 5:40pm on January 20, 2010, Don Davis said…
Welcome to AoM, Bennett!
At 1:37pm on January 20, 2010, thehuhman said…
...and you, as well, sir.
At 1:15pm on January 20, 2010, John said…
Thanks for the add, man.
At 1:13pm on January 20, 2010, Herb Munson said…
Hi there Bennett. Welcome to AoM. Also, thought I'd give you a friendly invite to check out my relatively new group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you aboard.
At 8:56am on January 20, 2010, Dwane Lay said…
Welcome to AoM!

If you're a reader, you are welcome to join our book of the month club. Link is below, hope to see you there!
At 6:57am on January 20, 2010, Chris Hamm said…
Welcome aboard. Hoe you enjoy it here
At 6:52am on January 20, 2010, thehuhman said…
Welcome to the AoM Community, Bennett. We're glad you're here!

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