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Advice my Father Gave Me

Advice my Father Gave Me

Once a year he enjoys a day in which he is honored for the position in life that he most treasures. He gets a hug, a present, a special meal '- all for being a dad. This Sunday is Father's Day, and the team here at CommonPlaces wishes to pay tribute to our fathers by sharing the wisdom they passed down to us.

Ben Bassi, CEO

Ben Sr. told me many times: 'If it isn't broken, don't fix it'

This is something I have used in running CommonPlaces. A lot of agencies immediately tell new customers they need to rebuild everything and start over. We analyze the situation and only fix what's really broken with our CPR program. Thanks to my Dad's advice, CommonPlaces has saved its customers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.

Kendra Bassi, Director of Sales and Marketing

"It never hurts to ask for something. Worst case scenario you are told 'no' and you are right back where you started. Best case scenario you are told 'yes' and you will find yourself with a free upgrade to first class on a 6 hour flight."

Carolyn Bowers, Marketing Analyst

"Work hard to succeed"

I always looked up to my Father. He worked in the valve industry for 50 years. He began as a machinist with a high school degree and with his hard work and intelligence he became a well-known engineer and a Vice President of Engineering. He is proof that if you work hard, you will succeed.

David Brown, Web Developer

'Don't let people have a reason to question your character.'

Bryan Campbell, Web Developer

"Bryan, you'll never be the best at anything."

This taught me to accept my human flaws and basically roll with them. In all things I will be better than some, and there will always be some that are better at it than I.

John Carbone, Senior Web Developer

"No email bombs. If you've got something that's tough to say, say it. Don't be a coward and email it."

And the first one that came to mind.... "Tempus fugit memento mori"

Amanda Downie, Web Designer and Developer

"No Excuses, Just Solutions." Anyone can come up with an excuse for any problem, and there are thousands of them to choose from. The real challenge is to look past them and find the solution, no matter what.

Ben Hopps, Web Developer

'Don't be afraid to say, 'ÖI don't know.' ''

Gary Locke, Content Editor

'Never worry about anything. Worrying is counter-productive. If you can do something about a problem, then do it. If you can't, then worry is just a waste of time.'

Chris Johnson, Director of Development

From my father: 'You can do it!'

At every stage of my life, whether on an upswing or a downswing my parents have always said, 'You can do it! Just keep trying. We know you can do it."

Michael Reich, COO

"Want the ball. Don't hope it gets hit to someone else."

Lemuel Santos, Senior Web Designer and Developer

My dad use to ask me almost every day: "Which book are you reading?" and he also used to say a lot, "Study. Don't be a fool."

Stanley Tremblay, Client Success Specialist

"A man is only as good as his word."

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