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Fatherly Advice

JENNIFER LUDDEN, host:

And for this evening, that's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jennifer Ludden.

We leave you tonight with advice from fathers, as told to Kathleen O'Quinn(ph) of Michigan, Kenny Jackson of California, John Hawkins(ph) and Henry Borger(ph) of Massachusetts and Adiola Molageo(ph), originally from Nigeria.

Ms. KATHLEEN O'QUINN (Michigan): It might sound a little cliche, but there are three things that my dad says--has always told me are keys for success. They're three E's: Expectation, education and exposure.

Mr. KENNY JACKSON (California): As I was growing up, my dad would always use the three slogans for life. One was your purpose; have a purpose. Have a destination and always have a hustle, because when you don't have a job, you got to know how to cut hair, cut grass, fix a car. I know how to cook or flip hamburgers at McDonald's.

Mr. JOHN HAWKINS (Massachusetts): Of all the advice he gave me, the thing that popped into my mind was he always said: `A place for everything and everything in its proper place.' And I don't know why I thought of that, because that was one piece of advice I never really took to. If you could see my desk now or you see me looking for--where did I leave my glasses or whatever, you'd know it never took.

Mr. HENRY BORGER (Massachusetts): Advice my father's given me? He made a lot of advice, one that--The soup's never eaten as hot as it's served.

Mr. ADIOLA MOLAGEO (Nigeria): All I remember about Father's Day is that my father always told me he did not want any gifts. My success in life was his gift. And that's a lesson I passed to my son. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.