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Financial Advice From Dads

I'm Asking: What Priceless Advice Did Pops Pass On?

Whether you've inherited your dad's career and money habits or not, chances are you've received his advice and leadership on how you should handle your business over the years.

My dad has always set a healthy business example for my sister and me (and in many ways for my mom too), but he's not a prolific preacher like the dads we see in movies. He's keen on encouraging smart choices that work for each individual's unique lifestyle (must be where I get that from!). But, every once in a while, he'll drop a gem I find oh-so-comforting, encouraging, and helpful. A few years ago I was dealing with a particularly complicated tax dilemma and after I rambled about my taxman's suggestions and my research and asked for his advice, he calmly looked at me and said: "You know, it's a marathon, not a race. Whatever you do, it will be fine." And it was. It always is. What's the best advice your papa has preached?

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bbrimacombe bbrimacombe 7 years
Never have a joint bank account with anyone.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
"When you feel like complaining about work, just remember that there is a reason they are paying you to be there." "Everyone I know who is wealthy by my age worked very, very hard to get there when they were your age."
havok636 havok636 7 years
that no situation is so bad that you can't get out of it. my dad's the cheer leader of the family :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Lots of stuff: Do basic jobs yourself if you can, take car of your car and you can drive it until it's almost 20 years old or more, live below your means, and buy generic groceries because brand names are usually a giant ripoff.
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