Image in honor of my amazing daughter…
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I wanted to take a minute and celebrate moms and the role models they are by sharing a little bit of what I learned from my mom.
I was not always thankful for her and what she stood for but as I passed the teenage years it became clear to me that she had been a great example. Much of who I am can be attributed back to the things she had taught me as well as watching her responses to various situations.
Whether we think they are or not, our children are watching, and so are others. Our actions speak way louder than our words. If those words don’t match, it is our actions that will be believed, not our words. My mom was a great role model in so many ways. Was she perfect? Nope. That added to how she was a role model; I could aspire to emulate certain things and ignore areas she would not have wanted me to replicate. This is why I am who I am and why I appreciate all the women who step up to do their best to be an example for others.
Just a few things that I learned from my mom:
- Erase “I can’t” from your vocabulary.
- Persistence and perseverance will pay off.
- Work hard, play hard.
- Be comfortable engaging with a homeless person and the President of the United States.
- Love your country and those who serve it.
- Be a great competitor.
- In sport, play by the rules.
- Great meals can be made for very little.
- Don’t be ashamed to shop at consignment shops. Be thankful that others paid full price and you don’t have to.
- It is much better to pull something out of the ground or off the tree to put on the supper table than out of a box and even better if it is your own ground you pull it out of.
- Don’t give up no matter how bleak things look.
- When you walk out the door you represent yourself, me and God; don’t ever forget it.
- You can be smart, tough, AND compassionate.
- We have a great big wonderful God.
While I certainly haven’t mastered all the above, these principles are a part of who I am. Some of them drove me to start Berkshire Group, Inc. to help others develop and grow organizations in a way that encourages people to live up to their potential. I especially love to work with organizations like the YWCA, Women’s Endowment Fund, and other organizations that support women and girls for similar reasons.
Thank you to all the women who have stepped up and stepped out. Whether we own businesses or not, we are the CEO’s of our lives and our homes. We are role models to our children, other’s children and people in general.
To develop as a leader see: http://www.berkshiregroup.info/our-services/leadership-development/
God bless, Janet