'The best advice my dad ever gave me'
Readers and the FAIRLADY team talk about the best advice they've received from their dads.
In celebration of Father's Day this month (Sunday 17 June), FAIRLADY asked six South Africans to share with us in June issue the one piece of fatherly advice that made a difference to them (p39). This morning we asked you on Facebook and Twitter to tell us about the best advice your father ever gave you. We really loved reading your responses:
'Find a job that you love doing and work hard, not for anyone else, but for yourself.' - Lauren Watters
'If it is too good to be true, it probably isn't (true). And: you are never alone if you have a good book.' - Grethe Vermaak
'If you do not know how to lose then you will never cope with winning.' - Anele Mdoda
Inspired by your answers, we asked the FAIRLADY team the same question:
'I've learnt so many great things from my dad through his actions – humility; the importance of education, saving for the future and family; how a hug can be perfect when words escape you and how important it is to always tell those around you how much you love them. In terms of actual advice my dad always said that if you're going to do something which you don't think you can tell those you love about, then it’s probably not such a great idea. I've often used this as a measure in life and has helped me avoid some bad situations.' - Jennifer Searle, digital editor
'The best advice my dad ever gave me is that I am the most important person in my life. If I'm not happy in any area of my life then I need to rethink it. He also taught me to love myself and, still to this day, tells me I can be whatever or whoever I want to be in life, there are no limitations.' - Catherine Zachariou, junior beauty editor
'Sometimes, though not always, silence is the best retort (in Afrikaans it goes: "Stilbly is ook ‘n antwoord"). I guess I have yet to learn the lesson!' - Sameena Amien, chief sub-editor
'My dad always used to say this to me: "The truth will set you free." I live by those words of advice every day – it's simple, just don't lie!' - Kelli Clifton, assitant beauty editor