As families across Australia get ready to celebrate Father's Day this Sunday, we spoke to some of our Dads here at Ambition about the joys of parenthood.
Being a father is a full-time job, when you include the countless hours of teaching, advice giving and of course 'dad joke' telling. We decided now was as good a time as ever to quiz some of our Ambition Dads on some of their most memorable moments of fatherhood.
Co-Founder and Group CEO, Nick Waterworth, shared the above (middle) picture with us from when his son Harry, along with his crew, won the GPS Head of River Rowing. Two years of training culminated in that day and Nick recalls the occasion, "It had been an effort by the whole family - early mornings, massive amounts of food, and a few tears along the way. But if you put into the cookie jar, you get to take out".
Laurent recalls the best advice he ever received from his father that he'll pass onto his kids, "To achieve a big goal, break it down into a series of smaller goals." He also wins the prize for the best answer to 'What's the funniest thing your child has done?', as he told us of the time his daughter held up his phone to him whilst he was in the shower after she had just answered a FaceTime video call from his mother-in-law!
It's clear to see that Peter's kids are key to his happiness, "Coming home from work and seeing the smile on their faces when I walk through the door makes the worries of the day disappear" is his favourite thing about being a Dad.
Ben clearly enjoys passing on his impeccable taste in music to his daughters, "I teach my oldest about the wonderful world of music. Her current favourites are The Beatles and Queen. Although she gets a few strange looks in Woolworths when she screams out the lyrics 'Mama just killed a man' from Bohemian Rhapsody!"
We asked Niall what's changed the most since becoming a Dad: "Everything has changed! The key difference apart from being able to function on very little sleep is that your purpose in everything you do shifts from it all being about yourself and work to family. You see everything in a very different light and what seemed to be important once upon a time, simply isn’t anymore."
David now spends his weekends very differently than how he used to, "Very rarely prior to becoming a dad did I spend my weekend mornings walking the neighbourhood streets looking for monsters, ghosts and vampires to fight. Now between the hours of 6 am and 9 am that’s pretty much the only place you'll find me... even if it's pouring rain and 3 degrees!"
Finally, Ben Stubbs' daughter keeps him ever young as he is "able to experience the wonders of childhood all over again. Yes, that means going Pokémon hunting, collecting action figures, and reading Harry Potter books while pretending that I’m not actually enjoying it...."
Everyone at Ambition wishes all the Dads out there a Happy Father's Day!