5 Life Lessons From My Dad

You know how women sometimes joke as they get older that they are turning into their mother? Well…as much as I love my momma, I’m pretty sure I’m taking after my father more and more as the years go on.

We are both tall.

We are both always right.

We have the same sense of humor.

We both love to flex our creative brains.

We both get a little grouchy when we are stressed.

And we both have the tendency to take on a little more than we can handle, but will never admit it. (Oops.)

There are very few things that can compare to a solid father/daughter bond, but I think mine is especially amazing.

In honor of Father’s Day and the amazing man that he is, I thought I’d share some of the life lessons my dad has taught me over the years.

Don’t Worry About Things You Can’t Control

I can actually hear my dad’s voice in the back of my mind saying “stop worrying about things that might never happen or that you can’t control.” He has just always had a way of helping me maintain a healthy perspective on life.

Worrying is a waste of time. Good and bad things are going to happen in life, but worrying about them won’t change the outcome.

Thanks dad for always being a solid foundation for your very anxious daughter!

Work Smarter Not Harder

In many ways my dad has been a professional mentor to me, and to many others. We might not share the same occupation, but we both work in the agriculture science education realm, so that helps.

He has a natural way of sharing advice and experience. A long time ago he taught me that asking questions saves time and energy because you are no longer trying to learn everything the hard way.

Now I know this directly contradicts with the fact I said we both have the tendency to take on a little more than we can handle, but would nerver admit it. But, that’s a little different. We both take pride in our work, so we are willing to ask for advise from someone who could make the situation or project better. However, we both struggle to ask for help. (Again, oops.)

Be A Strong, Independent Woman

Everything from teaching Parker (my brother) and I how to cook, to use power tools, to making me learn how to change a tire. As much as I complained and whined, I am so grateful that you taught me to be independent.

You really did teach me almost everything I needed to know to be a adult. And the few things I didn’t learn from you, I can just google them because you taught me to be resourceful 😉

Love What You Do

Growing up I didn’t always know what career path I would choose. However, I did know I had to be passionate about whatever it was going to be. Why? Because my dad set the standard and I saw first hand what it was like to love your work.

My dad taught high school agriculture science for 32 years. Throughout those years he positivity impacted countless students. Seriously, like a lot of people. Still to this day most of his former students refer to me as “Dunk’s daughter” and I am totally okay with that!

How could I not be?! I love that I will forever be linked to a man who helped develop useful skills that students could use for the rest of their life. A man who is well respected in the local community for genuinely being a good person.

Since retiring from the public school system, he has taken his skill set to another educational institution. The college classroom.

It has been so fun to watch my dad tackle a new challenge. It just continues to motivate me to up my professional game,

And let’s be realistic, who knows if I would be where I am today, working in a job I love, for an organization that my dad’s career introduced me to. I am forever grateful.

If You’re Not Five Minutes Early, You’re Late

Honestly, my dad tried his best, but this is the one life lesson I struggle with daily. I try! I really, really do. But I always seem to be running behind schedule. You win some, you lose some, right?

Really and truly, even though I’m lacking in this area, this lesson has stuck with me. Its always important to try and remember that the world doesn’t revolve around you and it definitely doesn’t run on your time.

Dad, I promise I will try and do better.


Even though I’ve spent years pretending I knew it all, I am beyond grateful for everything my dad has taught me. I would not be who or where I am today without him. He is such wonderful teacher, friend and mentor, and I am so grateful to forever be “Dunk’s Daughter.”

Thank you dad, for everything you have done for me, taught me, and will continue to teach me.

I love you Daddy Dunk <3

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  • Kendra Bennett

    Such a sweet tribute! Love your sweet family! So proud of you!

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