What Honest & Life-Changing Advice Did Your Dad Give You?

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Happy-go-lucky coach and fashion icon, Bill Belichick, recently sat down with CNBC to discuss what he does with the bottom halves of all the sweatshirts sleeves he hacks off and his influential father.

Bill shared some of the life-changing advice and lessons he learned from his old man, who was also a football coach.

Belichick says that his father, who was an immigrant from Croatia and the youngest of five children, taught him about perseverance. “[He] grew up kind of in a poor environment,” he says to Welch. “Went through the Depression. Father was out of work. Two of his brothers had to drop out of school. And World War II.”

When it came to his career, Belichick says his father taught him to follow his passion. It’s a lesson he teaches his own children, all of whom work in sports. His daughter coaches lacrosse, while his sons work for the New England Patriots.

“I’ve told them the same thing my dad told me, which is [to] follow your heart,” Belichick explains. “If there’s something that you love and that’s your passion when you’re young, do it. Let everything else take care of itself.”

Working hard and doing what you love are two incredibly important lessons to teach kids, but, SNOOOOZEEE.

I mean come on, Bill. Those are so basic.

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I was hoping for real, authentic, never-much-heard advice from Bill and his old man. Stuff that can’t be found in every single self-help book ever printed.

Crazy advice that goes against all logic like “brushing your teeth after a meal is actually bad for you” or “take your very first paycheck and piss it all away on booze and hookers just to get it out of your system.”

Since Bill was no help, I’m opening this up to the crowd — tell me in the comments some real, honest-as-hell advice your father shared with you that basically changed the way you looked at the world.

And if by chance it was the paycheck advice, please introduce me to your dad, he sounds like quite the drinking buddy.

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22 Comments on “What Honest & Life-Changing Advice Did Your Dad Give You?”

  1. My wedding day, “always have get-away cash stashed somewhere… he seems nice but you just never know. “… Thanks, dad. I think.

    1. And was he right?!?!!? But seriously, that’s better advice than “work hard” and “do what you love.”

  2. One day in church, My dad told 6 year old me ” you don’t really have to sing the hymns” I’m 50 and haven’t sung in front of anyone else since.

    1. YESSSS!!!! I love stuff like that. I’ve always found it fascinating that we’re supposed to “worship how we want to worship” but then you’re told “but say this, do this, kneel here.”

  3. My dad told me to get involved in everything your kids do (like Little League baseball). You never get that time back with them, so follow along and enjoy it.
    This is the same guy who would tell me and/or my brothers that we could “fuck up a wet dream” when we did something stupid. So there’s that.

  4. My Dad to teenage me; “If you ever have to punch a boy in the mouth, be sure not to tuck your thumb under your fingers, or you’ll break it.” The very thought that I had the wherewithall, AND his blessing, to defend myself was an empowering epiphany for me!

  5. My Dad told me about his garden and why it was so special to him when I asked him why he wa growing Sunflowers now. Daddy said, ” When you get to be my age they are the only damn things I can see.”

  6. When I told my Dad I wanted to get married my Dad said, “What do you want to get married for, don’t you want to find out what life has to offer first?”

  7. After I had done something wrong *again*, my dad told me to raise pigs, because you can eat them…think about it…

  8. My dad’s parenting advice (which I have used and it’s so right on): let your kid know that he/she brought on the punishment. They made a choice to do the wrong thing and that you (the parent) are not a liar, so you must follow through on the punishment.
    Totally puts the onus on the kid and their actions.
    Funny, I didn’t remember my dad doing this until I asked him for advice. All came back to me. He did raise 8 kids…

  9. My Dad told my third grade self, “When you have to give a book report, read the first & last chapters and one in the middle. Then write about what you read.” Worked like a charm! Thanks Dad!

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