For Father’s Day this year, I interviewed my 92-year-old father. I wanted to record his wisdom for myself, my children, and even future generations. I think his insights are valuable for all of us. Here’s what he had to say after looking back on his long life.
Enjoy life, because it will soon be gone.
Be careful what you do and say, because it will come back to haunt you.
Cherish your family.
He talked repeatedly about how thankful he was for his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and other family members. At the end of a full life, his most valuable relationships are with his family.
Choose a great partner.
“If you want wonderful children, you need a wonderful partner to start with. I was pretty dumb when I was young, but I made good decisions when I got my wife.”
Invest in the people around you.
When asked about his biggest regrets, he talked about people he wished he had helped more, especially people who were hurting and needed support.
Have faith when you can’t see the future.
He talked about moving cities and pursuing a job that led to meeting his wife and shaped the course of his career. He had no idea at the time how much those decisions would affect his life. None of us know how a single choice can transform our future.
Don’t regret the speed of life.
He said life goes fast, but you can’t regret that. Live life to the fullest while you can. For him, that includes living in honor of God.
Are you living your life in a way you won’t regret at the end? You know, here at Broad Insights, we work in business coaching. But business is made up of people, and we never want our coaching to lead to a healthy business and an unhealthy individual or family. Business is only one part of life. I hope that you will find this insight from a long life as challenging as I have.
–Jim Wiginton is the founder and managing partner of Broad Insights, an international business coaching firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. Jim possesses a wealth of business expertise, much of it gained as an executive for Michelin North America, Plastic Omnium, and Alfmeier Corporation. He has more than 5,000 hours of coaching experience, and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Paris School of Business.