1. Great post – thanks for writing it. My father passed away a number of years ago and I continue to miss him.

    Anyway… a great “finance lesson” he taught me was to be entrepreneurial. He always had little side jobs that he was doing for extra money (beyond his full-time job). He tinkered with custom picture frame making, splitting logs and selling firewood, cleaning chimneys (yes, he was a chimney-sweep for a while :>), blowing glass, etc. He was a great model in that sense and it is probably a big reason I started my first company back in ’96.

    I’m thankful for these lessons and many others he imparted over the years.

    • Wow, Brad! He sounds like an amazing inspiration and role model. I can tell he lives on in not only your memories but the way you live your life.

  2. Thank you for sharing such a great blog for this time of the year. I am always amazed at how many parents do not help educate their children on finances. My parents were struggling small business owners when I was growing up and we talked finances every night over dinner. My parents taught us many great lessons but the most important has been the difference between wants and needs. It is amazing how little a person actually “needs”.

  3. He sounds like a good man.

    The greatest lesson I got from a family member is probably join the military to get out of a bad situation. I did not do it, but it worked wonders for the ones who chose that route. Training, a job, health insurance, and security without student loans.

  4. Wonderful money lessons from your dad! I didn’t get much financial advice from either of my parents growing up. My father pushed college and convinced me that money wouldn’t be an issue if I had a college degree. And my mother? She filed for bankruptcy a few years ago. I often wonder if my financial situation would be different if there had been more talks about money when I was growing up.

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