I realize that my timing may seem a little off. Going with a “Father Knows Best” column a full week after Father’s Day might seem passé, but I actually researched this topic over Father’s Day weekend and, since I’ve been assigned the fourth Monday of the month for my column, it is what it is. These principles are timeless anyway.
I have often shared the story of the conversation I had with my father the day I came back to Lemartec, the family design and construction business, to ask him for my old job back. I had dropped out of college and left the business to pursue my dream of being a musician — that’s a story for another column. Suffice to say that it wasn’t meant to be.
After analyzing my career options, it didn’t take long for me to realize that going back to my old job was the logical thing to do. Facing my father in that situation wasn’t easy, but my obligations to my wife and daughter became a powerful motivator, compelling me to do what had to be done. I’ll never forget what my father told me. “You can come back to Lemartec on two conditions: First, you have to go back to school and get your degree — and I’m not paying for it. Second, I’ll move you through here as fast as you’re willing to go, but I’ll never pay you more than you’re worth.” I never heard a fairer statement.
Fathers are an excellent source of wisdom. Their influence and example can have a significant impact on our lives both personally and professionally. According to a report by the Fatherhood Institute, “Major studies across the world which follow families over time have found fathers’ involvement with their children linked with their higher educational achievement and higher educational /occupational mobility relative to their parents” (Sarkadi et al, 2008; Flouri, 2005; Pleck & Masciadrelli, 2004).
Because June is the month we celebrate Father’s Day, it seems fitting to pay tribute to our fathers by heeding their words of wisdom. After researching online and polling friends and family, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite fatherly advice on life, love and business.
Manny García-Tuñón is president of Lemartec, an international design-build firm headquartered in Miami. He can be reached at email@example.com.