Name: William Johnson | City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | IG: @1_wj0hn_7
What does being a father mean to you?
To me, being a father is about being a dedicated and lifelong role model. Aside from being a provider and protector, a father is someone who is dependable and who plays an active role in the parenting and character molding of their children.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
Being his only son, he took a sense of pride when I took an interest in the things that he liked; things like sports, wildlife, and certain academic subjects.
Two things that my dad always talked about, which I still abide by to this day are:
1. Being a well rounded person. Back then, he meant athletically and academically; however, I still try to be a well rounded person to this day in all of my endeavors.
2. Always look neat and presentable, because your appearance can say a lot about you. I immediately understood what he meant, and I took heed to the message; even though my father’s personal sense of style was outdated LOL
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
I’ve tried to incorporate the good things from my father like instilling discipline, structure and routine; while improving on and being great at some of his opportunity areas, such as dependability, honesty, and involvement.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
I haven’t had any major obstacles, just travel for work sometimes. However, I’ve set a precedent that work & travel will come second to my family; and thus far, my employers have been receptive to that.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
I’d stress the importance of “not just being there” for your child, but being ACTIVE. That’s what separates the good fathers from the great ones.
I wouldn’t rather have anything in the world more than the opportunity to shape the character of my kids.
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
When it comes to my own fatherhood journey and style, I took the best from you as well as other positive male role models and mentors that I’ve had a long the way; and have incorporated the very best qualities into my repertoire.
Thank you for the lessons learned on what and what not to do.