My father taught me how to ride my first bike. He gave me my first driving lesson and taught me how to play tennis, ski and study. He also taught me lessons that are harder to measure and put into words – how to believe in myself, be happy and deal with life's challenges. Here are six precious lessons I’ve learned from my dad.

1. You are what you do, not what you say you'll do. Don't be a big talker; let your actions speak for you. Don’t make empty promises and follow through on your words.


 

2. If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission. You have a special inner strength to live your life without constantly looking for the approval of those around you. You don't need anyone else's permission to achieve your dreams.


 

3. Know how to be your own best friend. Friends are crucial and close family connections are blessings, but there will be times in life when it seems like no one can understand you or give you the support you need. Sometimes you will need to help and encourage yourself. And that's okay.


 

4. Look in the mirror. That's your competition. Don't compare yourself to others. Work on improving yourself. Be better than you were yesterday.


 

5. It's not going to be easy but it's going to be worth it. Work hard. Overcome obstacles. Stay focused on your goals.


 

6. If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, move. Don't stay in situations that aren't right for you. Don't let your life become a place where you aren't happy. Stay away from negative people and unhealthy environments. Be proactive. Write your own story.

Thank you, Dad for all that you have taught me and continue to teach me each day. Happy Father's Day!