When reflecting on personal influences in my life, no one has had a greater impact than my father. He is and always continues to be a positive role model as a father. He always stands by my side. Whenever I fall down, he encourages me to stand up by myself and on my own feet. I have always admired his open mind, compassion and sense of understanding. He is a very reserved man, but has a great sense of humour, and always knows how to put a smile on my face. One good lesson my dad has taught me is that you most likely won’t have the answer to everything, but that is what life is for, to learn from your mistakes and find those answers you are looking for. From him I also learned that to make people hear you, you need to speak.
My father has always taught me the right behaviour. I still remember the day that my father sat next to me and said that, “Hey son, the most important thing to help you become a successful person is your honesty. Never lie to anyone and never lie to yourself.” After saying that, he slowly explained the value of honesty. He told me that every bad situation in the world began with a lie. When a person steals something, he lies to the law, or when a husband cheats on his wife, he lies to his wife. I always think back on these words whenever I am in trouble.
In every aspect of my life, my father continuously pushes me to excellence. Whenever I feel like giving up, or have a question or a concern, I know I can always call on him for advice. His teachings are a cure for my selfishness. He taught me to consider everyone as a part of my family and taught me how to love people by sharing and giving.
From him I have learned that sometimes you have to put others’ needs ahead of your own, but not to the point that they begin taking advantage of you. His strength seems to be unbreakable during hard times, and is extremely determined to accomplish anything he sets his mind on. I hold great esteem on how he stands up for what he believes in, never back down. I am what I am because of him and whatever I will achieve in my life will be credited to him.