My Dad hasn't always been the best role model, but he has taught me a few things:
- That in boxing, power comes from the legs
- What a proper handshake feels like
- The importance of good shoes, and how to take care of them
- Buy the best quality that you can afford
- That there is no substitute for having the right tool for the job.
- 'Don't bring me your problems... bring me your solutions'
- That if you're selling a product, you're always asking the buyer to do you a favor. If you sell a service, you're always doing them a favor.
- He taught me to memorize 'If' by Rudyard Kipling, and to appreciate the power of language
I also learned to NOT do much of what he's done:
- Don't ignore depression. If you're not happy, get help; psychology helped me immensely, even if only to get an objective opinion about what I felt. My father never sought help for his depression, and in many ways felt he was a failure all his life.
- Forgiveness is something you do for your benefit, not for the benefit of others