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Advice
|21 Aug|8 mins

8 Lessons We Learned From Our Dads

THE ICONIC staff reveal some paternal wisdom ahead of Father’s Day.

Whether he's a rad dad, fitness-clad, or wears too much plaid, he’s likely taught you something over the years. Like, say, your threshold for plaid. To celebrate the guy to whom we owe half our genetic makeup, we compiled a list of lessons some of THE ICONIC team learned from their Fathers.

Alicia, Graphic Designer
“Ever since I was young, my Dad taught me the importance of good manners; saying 'thank you' goes a long way no matter how big or small that thing is. He also taught me to keep my car serviced on the reg, it’s one of our hot topics.”

Ashley, Editorial Coordinator
“My Dad taught me how to make an omelette. He was always an incredibly hard worker and spent many nights at the office while I was growing up so I’d often prepare dinner for my siblings. His go-to meal? A pea and cheese omelette. I still whip one up whenever I'm feeling lazy and nostalgic!” 

Ange, Senior Graphic Designer
“I’m the youngest sibling in a competitive family. Even as adults, we host annual family tennis tournaments and Christmas volleyball smackdowns – in the water! Before my first club swimming race, my Dad said, ‘winning or losing isn’t important; just try your best and give it your all.’ I still apply his advice to daily life, because the pressure to win and the fear of losing will drown you.”

Lisa, Creative Operations Manager
“Whether it be in school, work, training, or life in general, my Dad always taught me to back myself. He genuinely believes I can do anything I set my mind to, and with him in my corner, it’s easier to believe I can too.”

Lakshi, CRM Manager
“My Dad’s the most calm and collected person I know; he’s my go-to for advice. He often reminds me that worrying is like a rocking chair – it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

Millie, Engagement Marketing Coordinator
“Dad didn’t come from much but studied hard and was the first in his family to go to university. He taught me the importance of working hard and bringing your best self to your work; that things in life don’t get handed to you, and what you put in is what you get out. Plus, I learned I’ll never win an argument with Mum. He says, ‘don’t even try!’”

Annie, Senior Graphic Designer
“Bàba So (my Dad) taught me you can only strive to be better if you put in more; 110% to be exact. Since I was little his lessons have come in the shape of Chinese idioms and this one – 只要功夫深,铁杵磨成 – sticks. Translation? If you work hard enough you can grind an iron rod into a needle. In other words, with patience and effort, even the impossible can be achieved.

And me, Marketing Copywriter
“The importance of fitness in my life stems from Dad. Every second day, he’s in the gym – no excuses, no questions asked. He calls it ‘maintenance’. It's the reason I perceive working not as a chore but an ingrained habit, kind of like brushing your teeth. I credit him not looking his age to all the exercise. Love you, Dad.”

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