Our Father’s Day survey asked readers to share helpful or memorable career advice advice from their fathers. The survey, which mirrors last month’s Mother’s Day Survey, also asked questions about their fathers’ parenting styles and the influence of their father’s on their lives.
This post highlights some of the most interesting results. To start, this word cloud, which is made of words appearing in responses to the survey’s open-ended question, illustrates some of the recurring themes in readers responses:
Here’s just is just sampling of the career advice that respondents said they learned from their father:
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Respondents tell us that they definitely heeded this wisdom. More than 90% of readers say they listen to their dad’s advice.
Readers responses about the kind of advice that was most critical to them was mixed and not limited to traditional fatherly domains, such as career and money. But a significant number of respondents said their father’s advice about dating or raising a family was more helpful than their father’s career and money advice.
When readers were asked during what phase of life their fathers were most important, responses were fairly evenly distributed, suggesting that a father’s influence tends remains strong from early childhood into adulthood.
One result of the survey that might turn a few heads is the finding that respondents said their mothers were stricter than their fathers.
You can read more about our survey results here.
How has your father influenced you? What was your father’s best advice? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.