WWDD? (What Would Dad Do)

Now that I am in my junior dadandkassi2year of college and beginning to enter the job market I often find myself asking, what would dad do? My Father is a very successful Managing Director at Barnum Financial Group.  Over the past couple of years, I have had the good fortune of interning in the same financial firm as him, and I have come to realize, that I never really knew what he did at all. I always knew he was successful because my family has been very fortunate, but I do not think I really understood until now what it means to be successful.

Growing up, my dad always preached “life lessons” to me.  I never really listened, and never really thought much about the importance of what he was saying.  It was not until recently, that all of the lessons he taught me for my whole life began to resonate in my mind.

It was while I was working in the same office as him, that I came to the realization that all of the lessons that my dad has been telling me repeatedly as I grew up are essential to how he lives his life. These lessons are what helps to define his success and by following these lessons, I can be the successful businesswoman I want to be.  Below are the 10 lessons I have learned through the years that have been the most crucial to my life.

  1. Be confident and self-reliant

“Be confident and self-reliant” is something my dad has told me continuously as I grew up.  Sure, I listened, and when he asked me to repeat it I did, but to me it was just words.  It was not until recently that this saying came full circle, and I realized all that I could accomplish if I just had confidence and did things for myself. This year I landed two internships, and an executive board position in my sorority, and I would not have been able to do that without the confidence I have in myself.

  1. Be friendly and always say hi

Even when you are having a bad day, it is important to put on a “happy face” and be kind to everyone.  Just saying hello as you pass by people in the hallway can make tremendous impact on someone’s day. If you are friendly to everyone, it will resonate in their mind, and will help them to see you in a positive light and make their day.

  1. Be hardworking

My dad is a perfect example of how much hard work pays off.  I have seen him work his hardworkimagebutt off for his colleagues, and for his family. If you need to stay late at work to finish a project, do not leave at 5:00, or if you need to go in early because your boss needs you, just do it. Watching my dad follow this work ethic each day, has inspired me to work as hard as I can.

  1. Family is always the most important

Put family above everything else. My parents have been married for 25 years, and they never forget to make time for each other and our family no matter what is going on in life.  No matter how busy, or how stressful, the day was make sure you come home for some quality family time.

  1. Form long term relationships with people

If you ask anyone at Barnum Financial Group if they knew Joe LoPresti, I can almost guarantee you that, they could not say enough good things about him.  Be the person who will build a relationship with everyone and anyone. Building relationships is the number one key to his success, and I will never forget that.

  1. It is okay to have failures

This is a tough for me to swallow because I do not enjoy failing.  Although I try not to do it too often, failures are moments for me to pause and reflect.They are learning experiences and motivation to do better next time.

  1. Be on time

Five minutes early is on time, on time is late. Being late gives you a certain reputation with people that you do not want, and it gives off the vibe that you do not care enough to be on time.  Every time I go to work, class, or even an interview I am always at least five minutes early.

  1. Be generous

There are people who are less fortunate and it is important to recognize this and act on it.give-back  Try to help people in every way you can, whether it be devoting my time, or donating money.  Being generous can help to better your community, and that can really make an impact on your life.

  1. Follow your dreams

It is important to remember that it is much easier to put 110% into what you are doing when you are following your passion and your dreams.  Never let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams.


This is definitely the most important lesson he taught me. Success is not about the paycheck, but how you choose to lead your life.  Recognize that success is all around you.   Success is in those who work hard to reach individual goals.  Success is in the way people view you as a personable leader. Success most importantly lies within you.  At the end of the day, I know that if I am leading a life that I am happy with than I am successful.

These lessons shape who I am today, and who I want to be as a businesswoman.  All I can hope for as I think about starting my career in the next couple of years, is that I live out these lessons to the fullest of my ability.  I am eternally grateful that I have had my dad to show me the ropes of how to be successful in the business world.  His lessons are not only ones that I will use in my career, but also ones that I will live my life by.


-Kassi LoPresti Bryant University Class of2018

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