Father's Day: Lessons from My Dad

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© 2011 Roy Benaroch, MD

Treat your teachers, bosses, and parents with humility and respect.

Treat employees and coworkers with humility and respect.

Heck, just be humble and respectful. You never know who you’re dealing with!

Put disappointments behind you, and look for the next opportunity.

Always ask for a better deal. It never hurts to ask. And don’t forget,  treat the salesman with humility and respect—even if you have to fake it.

Let other people talk. You’ll learn more from listening.

Let others underestimate you.

Work hard, and don’t complain.

Pay attention, and carefully collect the facts. But in the end, you’re going to have to take action. I think this was actually a lesson from Wild Wild West, which we used to watch together. We also watched Gilligan’s Island and Hogan’s Heroes, but I don’t recall as many useful life lessons from those shows.

Keep women happy. If you think of something nice to do for your wife, do it.

When dancing, the goal of leading is to make the woman look good. This applies not just to women, and not just to dancing.

For Salomon Benaroch, 1928-2008. I miss you, Dad.

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