Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Month: November, 2009

225. Sweatpants

Ladies, don’t be with a guy whose clothes mainly consist of sweats. It says more about him, his priorities, and how he will treat you than you realize now.

224. Thinking Through

Invite others into your thought process. Talk it through out loud. Play the other side. You’ll learn more — and faster — this way.

223. Ave Maria

Learn to sing the “Ave Maria.”

222. Portfolio

How to build a portfolio:

  • When starting out, do some work for free to get experience.
  • Record important information, such as the dates of the job, parties involved, and your hours worked.
  • List the project’s goals, show before and afters, and list your accomplishments during the project.
  • Get recommendations from those you worked with.

Keep all this on file, and branch into two versions: one that has every detail of every project and another with just the summary and your accomplishments.

When applying for a position, you will need to tailor your portfolio to the job description. It’s worth it.

221. Quotes: Marcus Aurelius on Manhood

“Labor willingly and diligently, undistracted and aware of the common interest. [. . .] A man then must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.”

—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book III, #5

220. Quotes: Marcus Aurelius on Distractions

“Do the external things that fall upon you distract you? Give yourself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then you must also avoid being carried about the other way. For those, too, are triflers who have wearied themselves in life by their activity and yet have no object to which to direct every movement and every thought.”

—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book II, #7

That’s the fancy way of saying idle hands are the devil’s playground.

219. Quotes: Your Dad on Legacy

“It may be that your legacy is not who you became, but who others became because of you.”

—Your Dad

218. Important

Some things are more important than work.

217. Self-reliance

Self-reliance is a myth. In every category, there will always be much that you do not know or understand. For every piece of information you know or believe, at some point you will have to take more on either credibility or faith.

It is the same with everyone. We all accept things on either credibility or faith.

216. Simpler

Always look for a simpler solution. The Russians used a pencil in space instead of a pen.

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