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Dadisms - The Path to the Trail

My Dad was an interesting man, an entrepreneur, a professional and a hard worker. He worked hard, real hard. I guess he worked at least 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year. Even with that time working he found time to teach me to fish and develop my thinking that impacts my life today.

Years ago my Dad started me fishing with a bamboo fishing rod. Eventually, I graduated to a spinning reel and then to the ultimate skill of handling a fly rod. He also taught me the importance of being aware and understanding the water, trees and the land around me. Basically, the environment!

Some of the best times I had with my Dad were fly-fishing at the 4 Mile Straight in the South East of Placentia, Newfoundland. During those days my Dad spouted his life philosophies, his work ethic and his keen eye for business. Today, as a middle-aged man, I keep these things in mind while I am on my life's journey. I have realized that my Dad's simple life rules are a key to living a good life and being a leader at whatever it is you do. I share these Dadisms with you in the hopes that you too have some insights into your life and the things you wish to pass on to the people around you.

Dadisms: The Path to the Trail

1. Pup for the path, old Dog for the trail (listen to those who went before you).

2. Choose your friends wisely as they can make you or break you.

3. Watch your back and the backs of those that care about you.

4. No matter what is going on in your life the tide will always come in.

5. People appreciate being appreciated, make sure you appreciate them.

6. Take a complement well, be thankful and grateful, it is a blessing.

7. There is nothing you can't do in this world if you put your mind to it!

8. Make a decision, make a plan and make it happen!

9. A strong belief in yourself will take you far, be focused on the outcome.

10. Do something useful, don't just sit around, make things happen.

11. Don't spend all your money. Save your pennies! You will need them.

12. Make sure you work! Work is important. Work!

13. Some people will envy what you have, be jealous and put you down. Don't listen to them, it's a waste of time.

14. Always look for someone to replace you, teach them, as you should always move on.

15. Keep your wits about you at all times, you need them.