Revisiting a Favorite on Father's Day

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Dad and Me - 1987

I first wrote this post for Father's Day in 2008.  Five years later I am still learning from my dad every day and I am so blessed to have him with me when I need advice, guidance or just some fatherly support.  Happy Father's Day to my Dad, and all the fathers out there!  

My dad taught me a lot about life and a lot about Real Estate.  He taught me many life lessons... to play fairly, get along with others, treat others as you would wish to be treated, don't ever compromise your ethics or integrity, don't be afraid of hard work, and perhaps most importantly, that life is not always fair.

Many of these lessons apply to my Real Estate career.  Dad has been a REALTOR® for 30 years in South Florida, as an agent, a broker, first in Coral Springs and more recently in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach areas.  You may not have known it, but I am a 3rd generation REALTOR®.  Both of my parents and my grandfather were all at some point in their careers a REALTOR®, but it is my dad for whom it was a primary career.

My dad has a passion for real estate.  To this day I still remember his response when I told him I was going to get my Real Estate license.  He said "Are you nuts?  Didn't you learn anything from growing up and watching me work?"  He really was joking, and if you ask him he will grudgingly admit that he likes having a son he can talk business with (since my past careers in Logistics, Management Consulting and Marketing left him always interested but often unable to relate).  Through the life lessons that he taught me, as well as by giving his advice (whether or not I ask for it), my dad guides me in my career just as he guided me by running along behind me and holding on when I learned to ride my first bicycle.

I'm fortunate to have him.  He teaches me even today and is never out of my mind.  Over 10 years ago my dad was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease.  I would say he suffers from it, but that would be inaccurate... he has symptoms, they make his life frightening and difficult at times, but he rallies against it.  He has taught me what it means to be brave, what it means to not accept defeat and what it means to be a survivor.  And at 70 years old he is still sharp, vital, active and continues to close Real Estate transactions!  My dad makes me very proud to be his son and while he will be the first to tell you that I have not always been who he wished me to be or acted as he would have like me to act, as both a child and adult, I know that he is proud of me too!

HAPPY FATHERS DAY... to my Dad and to you and yours!

Comments (24)

Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine
There is nothing better for a man than having a father to relate to and who could show you about life and all that it is about. I did not have that in my life and it showed as I grew older. It is like missing an arm or leg.
Jun 16, 2013 09:55 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

One of the nicest Father's Day posts I've read.  Your dad is a good inspiretion, even to those of us who don't know him.  Keeping vital, strong and alive while having Parkinson's is wonderful!

Jun 16, 2013 11:20 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steve:  I am so glad for you that you continue to have such a great relationship with your Dad.  Both of you are very fortunate.

As you know, I am your Dad's age, and I have not had my own Dad here with me since 1988.  As I said... you are both very fortunate.

In your post, you are obviously "bragging" about your Dad.  I am sure he "brags" about you, as well.  :)

Jun 16, 2013 11:44 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Steve -- you are blessed to have a great dad.  I hope for all sons that they have such a great dad/friend.  Happy father's day to all of those loving fathers and their very fortuante sons!

Jun 16, 2013 12:38 PM
Sophia Lin
Intero Real Estate Services - Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist

Hi Steve, That was so lovely and inspiring what you wrote about your Dad.  Well wishes to both of you and

"Happy Fathers Day" to you and yours and all the other wonderful Dads out there!!

Jun 16, 2013 12:48 PM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Sometimes now 24 years later I wish I had listened to the "What are you nuts" comment. Actually it has worked well. Happy Fathers Day!

Jun 16, 2013 01:12 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Happy Father's Day, Steve. Yes, we all are indebted to our parents - learn a lot from them, always. I miss you, Dad...

Jun 16, 2013 03:30 PM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Hi Steve, Beautiful tribute, I actually found one I had writtrn about my own dad after reading this and it brought back some great memories. Thanks!

Jun 16, 2013 10:22 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Great post Steve. . .and congratulations on the feature. .

Its been a while since I visited your blog. . .hoping to see a lot more of your quality writing. .

Jun 16, 2013 10:31 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Steve, what a great tribute to your Dad. Your Dad sounds like a great person.

Jun 16, 2013 11:05 PM
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Great to have such a good relationship with you Dad.  Thanks for the article.

Jun 17, 2013 12:16 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing your story about your Dad today. Keep up the great relationship and the love of your Dad. WE only get one in life.

Jun 17, 2013 01:12 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I only know of a handful of real estate agents who are third generation agents. It's easy to see why you decided to join the family business.

Jun 17, 2013 02:03 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Great post, Steve! The "guide" comment reminds me of this quote: "A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way."

Jun 17, 2013 02:55 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

A very lovely tribute Steve! Your dad sounds like a great guy. I will say a special prayer for him. Life cannot be too easy with Parkinsons. Thanks for sharing your story and that of your dad's.

Jun 17, 2013 05:18 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Steve,  How could it have been 5 years since you wrote that blog?  I read it then and I knew you then!  Amazing how time flies.  It is a great blog and great tribute to a wonderful Dad.  Lucky you!!  You are an inspiration to others too.  I hope you know that! :)

Jun 17, 2013 12:51 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Steve, it's awesome you have your dad still around. I lost mine in 2002, and have been missing "something" ever since.

Jun 18, 2013 11:30 AM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Hello, Steve, it looks like you learned great lessons which you live by today.  Thankful you him rather than those who do not set good examples.  

Jul 05, 2013 04:43 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Steve-That is great that you and your Dad have such a great relationship-both personally and in business. That is not true in every family.

Aug 05, 2013 04:03 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


What a great tribute. I lost my dad when he was only 57. I really miss him, he was such an example. I am following in his footsteps and look forward to seeing him again one day soon. 

Nov 07, 2014 06:56 AM