Today is Father’s Day. Here is memorable business advice two business leaders got from their dads:

“[My dad] told me not to bend according to others’ expectations or beliefs, not even his. He always encouraged me to find my own talents and reach my potential through trying out and learning about many different things, which led me to discovering my passion for sculpture and arts. I decided that I wanted to study sculpture when I was nine, and my dad was my biggest supporter; and that always gave me the courage to go on and overcome any difficulties.”

--Urska Srsen, cofounder and chief product officer of Bellabeat, which makes the Leaf, a piece of jewelry which tracks activity, sleep, and reproductive health.

“When you are in a startup, there’s always plenty of work to do. You can make it through an entire day doing ‘stuff.’ But when your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, what did you actually accomplish? That is what we call progress-;getting something accomplished. I can’t tell you the number of first-time CEOs who can’t distinguish between productivity and progress. My father taught me to focus on progress, which is setting and achieving goals, and forget about the work.”

--Paul Martino, general partner at the early-stage, post-seed venture capital firm Bullpen Capital.

Published on: Jun 18, 2017