Happy Father’s Day


Our family June 2012


Rachel Dotson wrote this article, Work Lessons From Dad,  in honor of Father’s Day, and she asked people from all walks of life to tell her the #1 lesson Dad taught them about work. The responses are as varied as they are inspiring and insightful. Here is mine:

“My dad taught me so much by example. He has always been kind to those around him and has employees who have worked with him for 25-30 years. He has always taken time to help those in need and really share all the gifts that he has been given. He used to say, ‘That could have been us. We could have been born over there instead of over here. I have to help.’

Lisa in High School

But his words as I start each new job are always, ‘Play nice with the other kids.’ I love you, dad!”

– Lisa Niver Rajna, Travel Writer and Co-founder of We Said Go Travel

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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