Father's day is not far away. Instead of just sending a card and saying, "Happy Father's Day," take a few minutes and think about the difference your dad really made in your life.

What have you learned from your father? Here are a few of the most important things I learned from mine: 

1. Don't just be prepared; have a back-up plan.

The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared." My dad definitely took that to heart when he was a Scout. He imparted that same lesson to me, and it's helped me over and over again in my businesses.

For example, unlike many small businesses we always keep an amount of cash on hand for a rainy day. Unfortunately, at one point we made some bad decisions and the business began to head in the wrong direction... but because we were prepared we had the cash necessary to keep the business going while we turned things around.

Being prepared allowed us to not only weather that storm but come out of it stronger -- and growing.

2. There is always another point of view.

Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires having a significant level of confidence and a willingness to stick to your guns, even in the face of naysayers and opposition.

My dad helped me gain confidence but he always reminded me that I could learn a lot from conflicting viewpoints.  There's always another way, another possibility, another idea... countless times I've learned from my team, from partners, and definitely from customers.

Be confident in your own beliefs, but never be afraid to listen to other people: what works well can often work even better when you're willing to listen.

3. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I have never been particularly coordinated. That made growing up in Boston, the sports center of the world, pretty tough. It always seemed to take me five times longer to learn a physical skill than the other kids.

My father knew that, but he still pushed me to try even when something was easy for others and hard for me. He believed in me and wouldn't let me give up.

I didn't always like it at the time, but now I'm incredibly grateful: I have built several successful global companies that serve and impact millions of people around the world.

Because of my dad, the word "impossible" is not in my vocabulary. He taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to - no matter how long it may take, as long as I don't quit, I will succeed.  

Some of the things I learned from my father helped me build several successful companies.  Thank you, Dad - and happy Father's Day.

Now it's your turn. Father's Day is June 19th, so ask yourself a few questions. What did you learn from your father? No matter your current relationship with your dad, or if he is still in your life, what are you grateful for?  What would you like to pass on to your kids?

Published on: Jun 9, 2016