Greetings Fathers and Sons –
A friend of mine – a well-respected, highly successful corporate lawyer whose son is well on his way to similar success in medicine – sent the following email to me a while ago. I thought it a fitting anecdote for Fathers’ Day…
“Hi Paul — As you know, I’m a huge fan of the two-tone Nashua shoes. My son is a doctor, completing a chief residency year in Philadelphia. When I visited him in December, I was dismayed by the shoes he was wearing (cheap and not even shined properly). Of course, in his defense, he has no money. I immediately bought him the Nashua shoes for the hospital and guaranteed he would love them. I challenged him to find a pair of pants that would not go with them—he can’t. Anyway, he has thanked me many times since then—loves the shoes.
And for good measure, I bought him a pair of AE dress loafers. (His wife bought him the flip-open iPhone case that is also a wallet. He says people ask him about it all the time.)
And an important detail—as a father, I can never resist a teaching moment. After this incident, I said: “Conrad, if you don’t remember another thing I have told you, remember this—always shine your shoes. I mean that literally and figuratively. Speaking literally, people judge you based on the quality and condition of your shoes. It shows care and attention to detail. And speaking figuratively, I mean always dress well and look your best–proper shoes are an essential part of that.
A great guy and a great dad giving great advice.
Best wishes and Happy Fathers’ Day!!