Volume 121 –  Fatherly Advice to Tackle Your Sunday Scaries

It’s Father’s Day so you shouldn’t be surprised to discover that we are celebrating dads in this week’s newsletter. Whether you call him Dad, Pop, Baba, Papa, Daddy, Step-Dad, Grandpa, Grandfather, Grandad, Uncle, Friend, or any other term of endearment, fathers and father figures play an important role in our lives.

I asked each member of the Career Bender’s team to share something they learned from their dad, and my heart smiled to see how each of us has been impacted by our dad!

1. The Power of Leading by Example

Dads teach us invaluable lessons. From the way their actions speak louder than words, dedication to work, and commitment to family, the men in our lives set a powerful example of living truthfully, ethically, and with integrity. 

By balancing work, family, hobbies, and physical activities, dads demonstrate the importance of prioritization and work-life balance. Though they’re not always perfect, the effort and consistency are fantastic principles that give us a road map for leading a life of purpose. 

Today, I encourage you to reflect on the dad, or dad-like, role models in your life and what you’ve learned from them. 

It’s what I asked the Career Benders team to do, and here’s what we all had to say. 🥰

Acacia, young professional, teacher transition, and career change coach shared:

2. Have Integrity and a Good Handshake

My dad taught me many things, but two that I reflect on and use all the time are: 

  • The value of a strong handshake. Make eye contact, make it strong, and they’ll remember you.
  • “Always have integrity”- simple in theory; important and weighty in practice. This one has been a cornerstone of who I am as a professional. When you have integrity, people trust you, even when you make mistakes. Integrity makes you a leader, and it helps you sleep at night 🙂

Tonya, mid-career professional, career change, and assessment coach shared:

3. Work Hard

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my dad was the importance of hard work. There’s no substitute for a strong work ethic. You don’t have to be the smartest, fastest, strongest, or most talented – just showing up and putting in the effort always yields success! 

Kristen, Marketing and Operations Assistant shared:

4. Finish Strong

My dad taught me the importance of finishing strong. He emphasized completing a job or task I had committed to, even if it didn’t go as expected, whether in business, recreation, or family life.

For example, I was a softball pitcher in middle school and high school, and we used to practice pitching regularly together. We had a rule that we always had to end on a good pitch. My dad would sit on the bucket in front of the backstop (occasionally getting hit in the shins) and catch my pitches until we ended on a strike.

Jim, web designer and media coach shared:

5. Make Time For Your Family

When I was younger, my Dad worked long hours at the family’s tool and die business. But he always made time for us, taking us fishing, camping, and on family vacations to the beach, be it lake or ocean. I attribute my love of shared time on the water with friends and family to the time spent with him on the lakes, rivers, and oceans of my childhood.

Angie, business coach to coaches and tech executive career coach shared:

6. Take Pride in Your Work

My dad taught me to take pride in my work. As a high school math teacher for 30 years (and my advanced math teacher for three of those years…no wonder I went to engineering school!), I always remember him being respected for the care he brought to the classroom. He was an encouraging teacher who demanded respect, both for himself and the material, but there was always an element of fun, too. I mean…my affinity for dad jokes and terrible analogies had to come from somewhere, right? I’ve also seen that same pride and care translate into life. Step into Dad’s garage or walk through the backyard, and you will see precision cuts, perfectly groomed edging, and the most hyper-organized “junk” drawers you’ll ever see. 

Thank you for being such a positive influence on me, Dad – in my career and my life!

7. Actively Show Your Appreciation

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show the dads in your life just how much they mean to you. Whether it’s through a simple gesture or a grander expression of gratitude, taking the time to appreciate their efforts and love can make all the difference. 

Here are some thoughtful and action-oriented ways to let a dad (or anyone) know you care:

  • Give a dad a hug today! 
  • Spend quality time doing something your dad enjoys – going fishing, playing a sport, or just having a heartfelt conversation, quality time together means the most. 
  • Write a little note or send a card expressing your gratitude; bonus: include specific memories or lessons you’ve learned from him.
  • Cook his favorite dish or send some of his favorite snacks to enjoy for the coming weeks. 
  • Offer to help with a project he’s been working on, whether it’s fixing something around the house, gardening, or any other hobby. Your help and company will be greatly appreciated.


Here’s to all the dads, and those who have played the role of dad in our lives. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to appreciate them and say…

Happy Father’s Day!

Your Friend and Coach,


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