The best advice I ever got from my Dad was not something he told me precisely, it was more something he showed me by his actions. He was extremely entrepreneurial and innovative, and he worked hard, building up his business from scratch. He also liked to travel and meet people around the world.
I’ve taken all his non-verbal advice to heart and I try to follow in his footsteps. (minus the travel outside of NZ at the moment, of course!)
I always remember a conversation I had with him early in my writing career, where he suggested that I should self-publish, and not bother trying to be traditionally published.
At the time, I told him it would cost lots of money (because I thought you had to get books printed and store them in your garage if you were going to self publish) and it probably wasn’t worth it. I think back now and wish I’d looked into it a bit more at the time, because I’ve since learned about the Kindle goldrush, which was around about that time.
My lesson is that I should’ve listened to my Dad more often. 🙂 But I like to think that he’d be happy to know that I finally took his advice, even if it was a few years late…
He died ten years ago now (wow, I can’t believe it was that long ago!) and I miss him every day. I like to think he’d be proud of me and everything I’ve been doing in my career since that time.
NOTE: The picture is of me and my Dad at the Auckland Airport when I was about 19 or 20, as he was farewelling me off to another overseas adventure…!