What My Dad Taught Me

Australian entrepreneurs tell us what their Dads taught them - just in time for Father’s Day.

Kathryn Eisman Reynolds
Entertainment Reporter, E News
Author and Emmy Nominated Journalist

"My Father taught me to always take my work seriously but never take myself too seriously. As a Paediatrician, he has enormous responsibilities and often works around the clock if a child needs him, but he does so with a lightness of being that uplifts everyone around him.  As a journalist the hours are often long, the deadlines forever looming and people (especially in Hollywood) often take themselves too seriously. Because of how I was raised I've learnt the importance of being able to laugh at yourself and that there is a tremendous power, even weight, to levity."

Tali Shine
Author and TV Presenter

"My Dad taught me the importance of seeing the world and experiencing different cultures. When I turned one my parents spent a year travelling around Europe with me. My first solid food and spoken words were Greek. When I was old enough to understand, my dad would take me to Thailand and India and we would always visit the poorest areas to understand different ways people live, different cultures and to appreciate just how lucky we are to grow up with so many advantages in Australia and never to take this for granted. This sense of wanderlust has really rubbed off on me and I try to go to one new place every year."

Alex Zabotto-Bentley
Director AZBcreative

"My papa Paolo, arrived in Melbourne in the late 50’s from Trieste in italy.. with his beautiful young wife Anita, a brand new Vespa, five amazing suits/shirts/ties and eight pairs of classic custom-made leather shoes. He always said deals are made or broken only after they look at you in the eyes and then your shoes, so be impeccably groomed and shine your shoes every morning before you leave the house… Everything else will fall into place."

Right on Papa Paolo!

Kristy Withers
Founder, Incy Interiors

My Dad is the nicest and most trusting person alive. He is the only person I know who still picks up hitchhikers. He has been known to drive hundreds of kilometres out of his way to make sure a stranger gets to their destination safely. He has taught me so many things in life – to trust, to show compassion, to laugh, to change a tyre but most of all he has taught me unconditional love…. I know as I have tested the boundaries once or twice!

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