How Good Fathers Teach Their Children About Careers and Client Service

Posted by Rick Miller | Jun 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

What my dad taught me about serving clients and developing my career

My dad, like many fathers, played a crucial role in shaping my understanding of developing a successful career. Wrapped throughout these lessons was the importance of serving others and treating clients well. Dad taught me a variety of strategies to instill these values, hoping and praying that one day I would be prepared for the professional world.

Leading by Example

Dad taught me that actions speak louder than words. He modeled a strong work ethic, dedication, and integrity in his career. I saw his commitment to his work and passion for his profession. This real-life demonstration of hard work and perseverance was more impactful than any advice he could have shared by simply talking alone.

Encouraging Open Communication

Open and honest communication was key. Dad fostered an environment where my siblings and I felt comfortable discussing our interests, goals, and concerns as we learned and grew with clarity and confidence. These conversations covered a wide range of topics, from the practical aspects of different professions to the personal fulfillment they can bring. By listening actively and providing thoughtful feedback, Dad guided us toward making informed decisions.

Providing Exposure to Various Careers

Exposure to different careers was essential to understanding our options. My father arranged for me to spend time with other adults, engage in job shadowing, and have detailed conversations about career opportunities. This experience helped me grasp the day-to-day realities of various professions, giving me a clearer idea of what might suit my interests and skills.

Supportive Encouragement

Supporting children in pursuing their passions is another hallmark of a good father. Whether my interests aligned with my dad's own career or ventured into an entirely new field, Dad provided encouragement and resources. This support made me feel confident and empowered to follow my dreams, knowing I had a strong backing.

Teaching Practical Skills

Practical skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and financial literacy are essential in any career. Dad taught these skills through everyday activities and repetitive

learning opportunities. I didn't always appreciate these lessons in the moment, but I seem to recall those lessons time and time again (and, of course, repeating them to my own sons).

Networking and Mentorship

Dad introduced me to mentors and taught me that professional networks can significantly impact my career development. He encouraged me to leverage my connections to provide guidance and opportunities. Networking events, informational interviews, and mentorship relationships can offer invaluable insights and open doors to future career paths.

Emphasizing Education and Lifelong Learning

Dad emphasized the importance of education and continuous learning. He encouraged me to excel academically and pursue further education when needed. Moreover, he instilled a mindset of lifelong learning, teaching that growth and development don't stop after formal education but continue throughout one's career.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Preparing children for the realities of the workforce is crucial. Dad set realistic expectations about the challenges and setbacks I would face. By being open about his experiences and obstacles, he helped me develop a resilient and problem-solving mindset, which is vital for long-term success.

Encouraging Independence

For better or worse, Dad allowed me to make my own decisions and learn from my mistakes. He provided guidance while avoiding micromanaging, letting me take ownership of my career choices and navigate life paths.

Demonstrating Client Service Excellence

Finally, teaching the importance of serving clients well is a critical lesson. Dad exemplified excellent client service through his actions, showing respect, empathy, and dedication to meeting others' needs. He shared stories about his experiences that highlighted the significance of building strong, trustworthy relationships with others. By understanding the value of client satisfaction, I learned that success in any career is not just about my own individual achievements but also about contributing positively to others.

Closing Thoughts

I am blessed on so many levels. My dad has always been present in my life, which I know firsthand is not the case for everyone. I am so grateful for my dad and the sacrifices he made throughout his life for our family. I also know, both as a father myself and by watching him, that these sacrifices bless our own souls as well. I don't believe anyone looks back on a job well done and regrets having pursued its completion.

Thank you, Dad, for being such a large part of the person I am today. I am truly blessed, and I'm glad that my sons have you in their lives as well. Happy Father's Day!

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Rick Miller

Tax Matters - Advisory Team Lead


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