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7 Life Lessons My Dad Taught Me!

Many years ago my dad asked me to help paint rooms in the house and at the same time he taught me a life lesson.  Of course, the answer was yes—we didn’t say no to my mom or day.  I said, “I am ready. Let’s go.”

My dad said, “The first thing is we talk to your mom about the colors she wants and what rooms she wants painted.” 

Life Lesson #1: He taught me to check with your team and to see what they need and want, just don’t go charging ahead on what you THINK they want or need.

Then we had to measure the rooms and figure out how much paint were going to need.

Life Lesson #2: Determine what resources you will need.

He had me check the basement for brushes, rollers, drop cloths and the like.

Life Lesson #3:  Identify what resources you have.)

My dad knew how much we had to spend and we went to several stores to shop for the best buy on paint.

Life Lesson #4:  Work within your budget and explore all options before making a decision.)

We finally got back to the house and again, I was all ready to go.  Again, my dad slowed me down. We had to move all the furniture out, check the walls, do some plastering and sanding and cover the floors with drop cloths. 

Life Lesson #5: Preparation is important. Preparation takes time.)

Finally, we go to the painting and, of course, I was in a rush to get it done and started in with the roller—get the most done in the shortest amount of time, right? Redirected again! He told me to take a brush and get the trim done.  It was tedious work making sure no paint got on the ceiling or floor or borders, but in the end it made the paining the room easier.

Life Lesson #6: Take your time and do it right the first time rather than rushing forward and making mistakes that have to be corrected.

At the end of the day, we went in to check the work, make sure it was done right and pat ourselves on the back.

Life Lesson #7:   Check your work and celebrate your achievement!)

You get the point

Change takes preparation and time. It can’t be rushed.  You won’t see results right away and you need to know and accept that up front. It helps t set realistic goals and expectations.  Although it is not a direct correlation, see the chart below that illustrates the trajectory of an implementation. There is usually some dip in the beginning as people learn and try new concepts, followed by a jump in performance and then a leveling off. As you can see from the chart, it can take five or more years before real growth happens. Patience and commitment are needed, along with frequent monitoring.

Five Year Implementation Chart



  1. Check with your team and see what they need and want
  2. Determine what resources you will need
  3. Identify what resources you have
  4. Work within your budget and explore all options before making a decision
  5. Preparation is important. Preparation takes time
  6. Take your time and do it right the first time
  7. Check your work and celebrate your achievement

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