Thank you to Rockland Trust Bank for sponsoring this post. All experience and opinions are authentically my own.
My dad has some great one liners. Often times S and I find ourselves repeating one of his lines, pausing, looking at one another and saying at once, “That’s an Ed quote”. Beyond the lighthearted, and often silly, quotes my dad has also repeated a lot of advice through my life. When deciding how to respond to a situation or make a decision, I immediately find myself thinking thorough what my dad would say. Many times I still need to be reinforced and gut checked with a phone call, but I’m at the age now where I can have his advice playing in my head before he even answers the call.
Today I’m partnering with Rockland Trust Bank to share five life lessons I learned from my dad.
ONE // SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE BEST
Your life path is often heavily effected by who you surround yourself with. With that, my dad has always said: “You can’t soar with the eagles if you hang with the turkeys”. The friends we choose in life, especially in our younger years, really shape us. Turkeys bring you down. Eagles lift you up to be the very best version of yourself.
TWO // THE VALUE OF AN EDUCATION
I’ve always been told: “People can take many things from you in life, but the one thing they can’t take is your education”. This quote always rang in the back of my mind through college. It really helped get me through four years of statistics class all nighters, many finance tests and everything else college threw at me. Well that and never wanting to work retail Black Friday again ever again in my life ;-).
If it weren’t for my dad supporting my career aspirations and strongly pushing back on other people/situations when vetting through colleges, I’m not sure I would have been able to pursue my marketing degree that not only set my future up for success, but ultimately helped me find my passions – my marketing career and owning my own business.
THREE // ACCEPT ME AS I AM… OR DON’T.
You’ll never be everyone’s cup of tea so unapologetically be yourself. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s fine. There’s no need to morph into someone else or alter your values in order to be accepted or to “fit in”. Always be yourself!
FOUR // STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Now being an adult, I feel like there are two people.. the one’s that will see something bad happen an immediately jump in to help without thinking twice and those that will turn an eye and say “not it! Someone else will deal with it”. Well, I’m definitely the first. I have legitimately jumped out of a moving vehicle to save a dog from running into the street. And for a turtle. I’ve spoken up when someone is belittling another person in the workplace so on. Maybe this is because I’m a loud person to begin with, but I try to use it for good 🙂
FIVE // BANK LOCAL
Before my grandmother passed when I was a baby, she set aside money for me in an account at our local community bank. This ended up being my first ever savings account. This local bank was also where my dad did business for both his personal and business finances. He’s always told me that the relationships at a local community bank are unlike that at larger institutions and maintaining a relationship at one should be a priority through life. The reason being is that they are often more apt to work with you and your personal situation and ultimately, care about you. The older I get, the more this value really clicks. From buying my first car 100% on my own at 20 to now looking at buying our first home, banking local has always been a priority that was ultimately instilled in me by my dad.
When Rockland Trust Bank, a community bank located right here in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, inquired to partner on a blog post, I knew it’d be a genuine and authentic fit due to this value my dad has repeated my entire life. Their slogan even is “Where each relationship matters”. Who doesn’t want to do business with a bank that values relationships so highly? We’re looking to work with them once we move forward with a house next year and if you’re local to the New England area, you can check them out as well on their website or follow along on their Instagram and Facebook for more information!
Thanks for reading! Xo Mindy