Father and son golfing, sunset

No. 2: Be legendary

Dad also taught us the importance of being remembered.

He wants to know he meant something to this world. Maybe it's his remembrance literally carved into a park bench or a building dedication. Maybe it's an annual potluck or charity event in his namesake. Maybe it's the way he fished or hunted, or the way he laughed and pulled pranks.

If Dad's a business owner, we get his desire for a legacy in two forms: the business itself living on through his kids. Because more than money and property, Dad taught us his most important legacy was his lineage.

His motivation from it led to his greatest deeds of all: helping others, donating, working hard for your family. In short, leaving the Earth a better place than he found it; making sure his kids have more opportunity than he had.