10 Life Lessons From My Italian Father

Thought Catalog

1) “You want to wake up every day and love what you do. Actually, never mind the want; it’s what you need to do.”

My dad is the epitome of what it means to be a hard, dedicated worker. He’ll go multiple days without sleeping, stay on-site until midnight after being up since 4:30 in the morning just to make sure the job is done right, and somehow still wake up early enough to make you waffles and omelets on a Saturday morning. That being said, my dad hates his job. He hates the unpredictable hours, the fraternity-mimicking politics, the hollow monotony of a career he never really wanted. And one thing he’s always reminded me of is the importance of an enjoyable career. Leave room for options and never let up, even if the odds are stacked against you. If my dad can work consecutive sixteen-hour days at a…

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