Birthday Advice

advice, familyVirginia HartComment

Today is my dad's 60th birthday. He (and others) probably beg to differ how old he "really" is, but today is technically his big 6-0.

Since he was born on the 18th, he's always related everything to the number 18. On my 21st birthday, he gave me 4 small sheets of decorated paper on which he had written 18 points of advice.  I've kept these papers in a keepsake box, but I thought I'd share what he wrote.

1. There are 4 things to do in life:

Get a college degree.

Get a job.

Get married.

Get a car.

In that order.

2. There are only 2 reasons to work:

To have fun.

To make money.

Decide which is more important.

3. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

4. Respect anyone who does something well, disrespect the opposite.

5. Half ass twice costs more than whole ass once.

6. Sum up everything you have learned into one idea;

If you have an idea and cannot defend it, get rid of it.

7. The world does not owe you a living.

8. Make the world a better place because you lived.

9. There are only 3 kinds of relationships a man and a woman can have and 2 are bad:

One of you is up & one down.


You lean on him & he on you.


You are both up.

(You can only have a healthy relationship with 2 complete people.)

10. Your glass is half full.

11. Some people are afraid to fail, but more are afraid to succeed.

12. It is more blessed to give than receive.

13. Find something you like, train yourself to do it better than anyone else, offer it to others.

14. There are 3 kinds of people:

- They make things happen.

- Watch things happen.

- Wonder what happened.

15. Occam's Razor:

The simplest solution is always the best.

16. If a cow won't eat it, I don't want to play on it.

17. You are made up of 3 ingredients:

- your heredity

- your environment

- your free will

18. I loved you from the moment I knew you existed & will continue to love you as long as I do.

Right back atcha', Dad.

Happy Birthday!

until next time,