I ran across this blog post and publication called “Jon Gordon’s Weekly Newsletter.” He wrote this piece about being a father in his 6-18-12 blog post. Even though it was Father Day’s weekend 2012 when he wrote this piece, these enlightening thoughts about fatherhood seem to me to be thought-provoking anytime. He writes:
11 Thoughts About Fatherhood
“This Father’s Day weekend I was at my daughter’s lacrosse tournament in Pennsylvania and had a lot of time to reflect on being a dad. Here are 11 thoughts that not only relate to being a better father but also a better person and leader:
1. Love is the greatest parenting strategy there is.
2. If I can’t walk the walk at home, I can’t talk the talk out in the world.
3. Being a Father requires you to be a leader and manager. As the leader you share the vision of what’s possible for your children and as the manager you provide the support, guidance and coaching to help them make it happen.
4. You can’t be selfish and be a great dad.
5. I don’t want my children to be what I want them to be. I want them to become everything God created them to be.
6. A great question to ask your children from my friend Dan Britton… “What’s it like to be on the other side of me?”
7. Parenting will give you a crash course and a life long lesson in patience.
8. If you are open to learning and growing your children will become your greatest teachers.
9. It’s all about unconditional love. My children don’t care how many books I write. They just want to know that I love them.
10. No one is perfect. The goal is to learn from your mistakes and be better today than you were yesterday.
11. When your children fail, encourage them. When they succeed, encourage them.
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This is the link to the post and to “Jon Gordon’s Weekly Newsletter.” With this kind of thought-provoking post on fatherhood, I think that I will be following him in the future!
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