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The Lessons of My Father MY DAD BUILT ME INTO THE ATTORNEY I AM TODAY
With Father’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my dad and the outsized influence he’s had on my life. Dad is a classic red-blooded American, a real patriot with a strong sense of self-sufficiency and integrity. In many ways, I think it’s those values he passed along to me from an early age that enabled me to become the attorney I am today.
to serve their country. As a result, he developed a powerful patriotism and eagerness to serve in any way possible. Later he got the opportunity in the Korean War and was, I imagine, the ideal military man in every respect. When my five brothers and I were growing up, I was always impressed by my dad. He was — and still is — constantly compassionate and kind. And he works his hardest on whatever task he is given. It was that gumption that led him to become the executive director for the Utah National Parks Council and, later, for the San Diego Council. With six sons in the house, everything became a competition, but my dad ensured that we never cut corners to succeed. He made sure we understood that true success comes from rolling up your sleeves and getting things done while maintaining a firm sense of integrity and honesty. He was always encouraging us to try new things and pushing us to realize our potential. Now Dad lives out in Provo, but I still get the chance to see him a couple of times a year. And whenever I stop to consider the things he taught me, I’m struck by just how much his approach to life influenced the way I do things. My firm sense of right and wrong, my eagerness to go the extra mile to make things happen for the people I represent, and my passion for seeking the justice my clients deserve — all that can be attributed to my dad’s guidance. This Father’s Day, I’ll make sure to give him a call and thank him for everything he’s done for my brothers and me. I’ll be sure to let him know just how much his lessons have mattered to me throughout the years.
He made sure we understood that true success comes from rolling up your sleeves and getting things done while maintaining a firm sense of integrity and honesty.
My dad grew up in the middle of a small community in Utah, where his family raised beets and sheep. They cooked their food using a wood-burning stove, worked hard every day, and instilled in him an uncommon self-assuredness that is part and parcel of his personality. When he was little, dozens of young men throughout his small town were swept off to WWII, many of them finding their final resting place in the chaos of combat. These were his mentors and heroes, and sometimes his sisters’ boyfriends, who gave everything they could
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