NAPA, CA - MAY 26: Marth Stewart participates in a cooking demonstration at the Culinary stage during BottleRock Napa Valley Festival on May 26, 2017 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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June 16, 2017 2:16 PM EDT

My dad, Edward Kostyra, was constantly offering his sage advice on any number of topics to each of his six children. I think I was the most receptive, full of avid curiosity to learn everything Dad knew and apply it to everything that interested me.

He recognized my enthusiasm and encouraged me by constantly saying, “You can do anything you set your mind to!” That perhaps is the most powerful thing ever said to me, and it remains with me today.

Martha Stewart is an entrepreneur, lifestyle expert and best-selling author.

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