He was very quiet. Didn't say much but you always knew where he stood with you and what his opinions were. Politically he was a Reagan Republican in the 80s but in today's standards would be seen as a social liberal.
My dad was based on ethics. Right is right, wrong is wrong. Financial outcomes aren't the goals of your career. Making a difference is.
I don't know what he would think of my career as an entrepreneur. My resume probably looks like a job hopper. Not someone a fortune 500 company would expect to climb the ranks for 20 years. But maybe he would have understood that times have changed. Or seen that in this economy, you can spend 15 years with different companies until you find the right thing to spend a career on.
He died in 2000 when I just turned 21. And since then I have never met anyone like him. What I thought was the "typical dad" turned out to be one of a kind.
I find myself turning into him more and more everyday. With kids myself now, I hear the things my 3 year old son says to me. "You click when you chew" he says and I am suddenly taken back to being a kid and hearing my dad making a clicking sound as he chews. I think i said the same thing to him. There are countless other examples.
On this father's day, I am trying to think of the most important lesson I learned from my dad. Something that has helped me in my career. Something he said that is so simple but powerful that it can be summarized in 140 characters. Hard to do but I'll try. "Focus on the important things." That would have made for a great tweet but he never actually said those words to me. Instead, he lived those words everyday. An even better way to learn as a kid than reading a tweet.