I have been working literally next to my father since I was 16. A good chunk of that time was spent together in the car, driving to and from the office, every single day. Let’s just say we have had some time to talk and as a result of that quality daddy-daughter time, we have had a sh$t load of conversations. What kind of conversations you ask? Oh gosh, we are all over the board. Very often I was getting a quick lesson in Chicago history. The old man knows about everything from who and where structures and statues came from, to how and when the grid system was created. This guy could teach a Chicago History class, no problem. If we weren’t talking about the Windy City, we were talking about family, perhaps his childhood. Often, we would pass the hospital where he was born and that occasionally provoked a story about his childhood or a memory about his immigrant grandparents who definitely left a lasting impression on him. When there wasn’t the heart to heart conversation, it was probably because there was traffic and in that case, I was teaching him something. The art of deep breathing. The dude could use a yoga class. Just saying. And, if we were lucky enough to avoid the bumper to bumper scene, an occasional stop for a Chicago dog at one of our favorite spots on the way.
Apart from all the long talks and memories my dad and I made during our time spent traveling and working together, I also got to work closely with someone who really, absolutely loves his job and also happens to be the most skilled and passionate businessman I have ever known. That particular quality about him is what inspires me the most to this very day. But let’s be honest, someone as wise and well versed as this guy when it comes to business has a laundry list of sayings, in his case, “Knife’isms”. Literally, an entire library of sayings, kept on standby, ready and waiting to be used and abused at any opportunity. However, they are more than just sayings, they are a representation of my dad and his ideology and approach to life. Some make me laugh, others are thought provoking and profound and as luck would have it, they are now words that are forever engraved in every fiber of my being – yes, it is official, I sound just like my dad.
Enjoy today’s post as it is all of the “shit my dad says.”
“Welcome to the NFL.” – One of my favorites. My dad has enjoyed these 4 words for a while now. This statement is definitely his most sarcastic, “I have toed the line”, arrogant, now it’s your turn, response to whining.
“If it were easy, everyone would do it.” – If the Knife taught a business class, it’s title would be, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” I will tell you something. He practices what he preaches. No challenge is too great and he sees chaos as an opportunity. I love when he lets this one fly. He is like Santa on Christmas Eve. He get’s a little twinkle in his eye, and a crinkle in his nose. You know, challenge accepted.
“Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”– Here is a little something you heard when you knew you were busted. You would hear this little ditty if you were sneaking in from I don’t know, sneaking out, or after breaking curfew. He would get those scary eyes and they would pierce through your soul. That look made me want to shrivel up and die. When it was followed by this saying, you knew you were Fu&%ed.
“Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.” – This can be filed under his business 101 class. We bid contracts for a living. The thrill is often in the final number. Too much could get you nothing, or everything. It’s a little game we play. My God what this man has taught me.
“Not all business is good business.” – No explanation necessary. #Truth
“If you throw enough shit on the wall, eventually something will stick.”– The mantra of a man who had 7 mouths to feed and an ass load of passion and determination. He is kind of my hero. He works hard, but the passion that drives his efforts is something I have enjoyed watching over the years. I suppose his version of “if at first you don’t succeed ,try and try again” has a little more grit to it, but his life’s work has proven this statement to be true time and time again.
Stay tuned. The other sisters can’t wait to share their favorite sayings from our dear old dad.
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