The 10 Best Things My Dad Taught Me

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This post is in honor of my Dad, and all the dads out there who do their best to instill great values in their children. I am sure my dad will be even more shocked than my mom was for Mother’s Day.  Dad, this is your present icon smile The 10 Best Things My Dad Taught Me .

Here is what I consider to be the some of the very best stuff my Dad taught me:

    1. Never be afraid to share your faith. The world would like us to keep our faith a secret.  The world would be happy if we went to church on Sunday, and then pretended our faith doesn’t exist the rest of the week.  My dad has never compromised in this area, and I won’t either.
    2. What being of service to others is really about. My dad used to drag one of the girls to the nursing home on Sunday afternoons to play the piano while he gave a message to the residents.  I hated doing it.  I’m sure that simple worship meant everything to the residents who couldn’t get to church.
    3. The value of going to church. Speaking of church, there was no question that we would go to church every Sunday, usually twice.  And we would have to be there very early, driving as slow as possible, and then take a tour around the lakefront on the way home, which drove us kids nuts.  Now I understand how important the weekly renewal of worship is.
    4. Staying busy keeps you out of trouble. My dad likes to stay busy, and so do I.  Having worthwhile things to do keeps us from having too much useless time on our hands.
    5. Working hard will not kill you. My dad not only likes to stay busy, he also has a great work ethic.  By working hard I mean always giving and doing your very best at whatever you are involved in.
    6. The value of prayer. My parents would make sure we had dinner together whenever possible, and my dad would close with the longest prayers.  The longer the better.  I have since learned the value of prayer in a closer walk with God.
    7. What it means to sacrifice. My dad worked 2 jobs for years so they could afford to send us to private school.  It was only after I became a parent myself that I really understood the value of that sacrifice.
    8. Have passion for what you believe in. My dad is an emotional kind of guy.  He showed me how to be passionate about things that are very important to me.  This has proven to be a key factor in everything I have been successful at.
    9. Girls can go to college. On my dad’s side of the family, not many girls went to college.  When it was announced I was going to college, my dad took some flack.  He did not waiver in his belief that all his children should go to college if they wanted to.
    10. Playing in the dirt is fun. My dad kept a large garden for years on his parent’s farm, and fed our family well from it.  I must have inherited a small portion of this, since I really enjoy planting flowers.  I am looking forward to when I will have more time to devote to it.

    Thanks Dad for everything you have done for me.

    New Profile Pic 2599R The 10 Best Things My Dad Taught MePamela Otten is CEO of Pamela Otten LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. She loves to work with women business owners and entrepreneurs, and women in transition due to job change, death, or divorce. Pamela will help you set and reach your financial goals, educate you to understand your investments, and teach you how to do more charitable giving. Pamela is a Qualified Kingdom Advisor (, trained and committed to integrating biblical principles with her investment advice.

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Robert Seth June 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Thanks Pamela…very nice post!


OLga Hermans June 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Such awesome memories from your dad, Pam! My dad was a hard working man that I lost when I was 18; I actually never knew him. But I so enjoy to read great stories about dads, like this one. Thanks Pam!


Melissa Lake June 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

Thanks for the great tribute for your dad. I found a lot I could apply to my relationship with my father.


Carla Jones June 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

Thanks for sharing your dad’s words of wisdom. These words can stand the test of time and be taught to our children today. Good work, Pam!


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