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Lessons for Life—and Work—from TV Dads

For many of us, our parents are our first introduction to the working world and the skills we’ll need to succeed. This is true in our own lives and on the small screen. In honor of Fathers’ Day, we have a roundup of some of the best television-dads and the lessons they taught us.

  1. Listen. The door of the courthouse in Mayberry was always swinging open. Whether it was Opie, Aunt Bee, or Otis, Sheriff Andy Taylor would always listen carefully and compassionately. Sheriff Taylor taught us that we can always learn things from others. Sheriff Taylor’s respect is something we could all emulate at work.

  2. Cooperate. Full House? The title of the show wasn’t kidding. Danny Tanner had three daughters, his best friend, his brother- and sister-in-law, twin nephews, and the dog Comet, all living under one roof. After his wife’s death, Danny knew that he needed help to raise his daughters and assembled a team. The same approach Danny took to navigating Stephanie’s teen years will also serve us on the job. Success is a team sport. By enlisting the strengths of others, we’ll yield a better result.

  3. Strive. Coach Eric Taylor was a father to Julie, but also to all the players on his team. He taught them—and us—that applying yourself is the most important thing you can do. Coach Taylor once told his quarterback, “Listen to me, I said you need to strive to be better. I didn’t say you needed to be better than everyone else. But you gotta try. That’s what character is. It’s in the trying.”

Those are a few of our favorites. Who are some of your television-fathers? What true lessons have you drawn from fictional characters? Join us on social media to share.