Today is my dad’s 59th birthday, which means Father’s Day in my family isn’t over just yet.
My Dad is a man of immense wisdom and knowledge, but like many “old school” dads, he’s also a man of few words. In his own special way, though, he has still been able to pass his wisdom and knowledge on to my brother and I.
So this year I felt the best way to honor him during “his” week was by sharing with you my “Top 4 Bob Burgess Lessons.” With a love for the game of Trivial Pursuit and the well deserved nickname of Mr. Brittanica, my dad apparently knows a lot of stuff about stuff, and dropping some knowledge about the game of life is right up his alley.
Lesson 1: Do what you love…
For my entire life my dad has been involved in the construction industry. While his title has changed a few times throughout the years, you can tell very quickly within a few minutes of meeting him that he has a passion for all phases of construction. “Status” or “Title” are secondary- he simply loves what he does.
We only get one go at life. And no matter how much you want to ignore it, “work” is going to make up a large chunk of that life. So why spend all that time doing something that doesn’t bring you joy?
Lesson 2: …but don’t forget to work your ass off
No matter how idealistic my brother and I got, my Dad was always quick to remind us to keep a foot grounded in reality. He taught us first hand that there are plenty of days where work is definitely less than fun, and plenty of tasks/obligations that aren’t enjoyable… BUT if you’re willing to push through those days and, you know, actually do work, then the rewards are well worth the effort.
This is an incredibly important lesson. The concept that pursuing your passion means “you won’t have to work a day in your life” is complete BS. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work, ingenuity, and persistence to see your dreams to fruition.
I’ve seen a lack of willingness to work ruin the potential of plenty of athletes, trainers, and coaches. Getting where you want to in this world is going to take a ridiculous amount of effort, and you can never afford to forget that.
Lesson 3: Be Yourself
My dad is unapologetically who he is. He knows that he’s not going to please everyone, or make everyone happy, and that’s just fine with him. He’s loyal and loving to his family and friends, but he never tries to be something he isn’t.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in this world is trying to be something you
aren’t. Work at being the best version of yourself, not a second rate version of somebody else.
Lesson 4: Never Stop Learning
Despite all the support I could ever ask for, athletics were of secondary importance in our house. Our education was extremely important to my dad, but the cool thing is that this wasn’t just limited to school. We were encouraged to read, explore, and learn as much as possible outside of the classroom too.
This wasn’t something he just expected of my brother and I either. He carried the torch himself. My dad always seemed to be learning something new, even going so far as happily playing tour guide whenever we traveled, somehow teaching us the history of places he’d never even been to before.
Intelligence isn’t something you’re born with. You gather and cultivate it over time. And education isn’t something meant to be confined to the hours and years we spend in school. You can always learn something, and you can always grow, no matter who you think you are or what you think your limitations are. I truly hope that I learn something new on my last day on this earth, and that’s a lesson that I can directly attribute to my father.
Thanks for everything Dad, I love you!
P.S. In honor of Father’s Day and my Dad’s 59th birthday, Coach King and I are offering a 48 hour special on our interactive youth football training program. Launched in December of last year, “Pigskin Prep: The Definitive Youth Football Training Program” is redefining how young athletes prepare for sports and positively changing the lives of kids around the country.
Through Thursday 6/19 Pigskin Prep will only be $59, marked down from it’s normal price of $119. That’s over 50% off the normal program price, so be sure to take advantage of it while it lasts!
If you’re not familiar with Pigskin Prep, please Click Here to learn everything you need to know about the program, and you’ll still be able to access the Father’s Week Special.