Life Lessons from Dad

This Father's Day, +HoyStarkHagan wanted to celebrate the men in our lives who have shaped us, taught us life lessons, and showed us how to be better people just by being themselves.Thank you to the fathers and many father figures - uncles, grandfathers, bosses, coaches, and teachers - who inspire us every day.

My father came to America to study mechanical engineering. Instead, he decided to follow his passion for food and learned to become a sushi chef. He has owned and operated Waraji Japanese restaurant in Raleigh for 22 years now. Growing up, I worked alongside him and learned many things.

  • Follow your passion and work hard to perfect your craft.

  • Take pride in all you do, no matter how big or small.

  • Be generous to those you encounter; show compassion and respect to those who work alongside you.

  • Be steadfast in your beliefs and retain your principals.

- Architect Miyuki Keller

My Dads words of wisdom were:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. You will be a stronger person for it.

  • If you don’t have your word, you have nothing.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

  • …and, of course, "rub some dirt on it."

- Principal Erika Hagan

My dad told me:

  • Remember, when you are down there is always somebody who would trade places with you.

  • Get up, dust off, and try harder.

  • Work hard and let God take care of the rest.

  • Tell the truth.

  • Be kind.

For my five years in college, he saw EVERY project presentation I made in architecture school.

Best of all, the man told me he loved me. A lot. When he hugged you, he could squeeze the breath out of you. I spent his last hours on earth with him; I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

-Principal Monty Stark

My dad didn’t give out a lot of sayings, but he taught me a few things:

  • How to enjoy nature and the joy of hiking, camping, and fishing.

  • That even at my low points, he would remind me how loved I am and how proud he is of all the things I have accomplished.

  • It’s the little things in life. My dad didn’t want an extravagant vacation or anything; just getting to hang out and cook with my sister and me meant a lot to him.

  • He always said, “Relax. It’s alright”

-Intern Architect Stephanie Snopek

Growing up, my dad was away a lot because he was in the Army. His love and devotion to his kids never wavered, and we could always feel it across the miles.

  • He taught me how to read a map, cook a Thanksgiving turkey, and troubleshoot car problems.

  • He shared his passions with patience and purpose, like the joy of baseball or riding a motorcycle.

  • He loves fiercely and openly, never letting an opportunity go by without letting us know. I still receieve daily "good morning" texts.

  • He led by example and showed me what kind of dad I wanted for my own children.

  • His favorite piece of advice is, "one day at a time."

-Marketing Coordinator Megan Glasgow

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