8 Lessons We Learn From Our Mother
On the way to work each day I call my mom. Many of my co-workers through the years have referred to her as Mom Thal. I am very fortunate that we can connect each day and have thought-provoking conversations. She recently turned 86, but she still continues to give me personal and professional advice.
During our morning exchanges, she sometimes asks who I plan to meet with and will often recommend businesses our team should target. Once a mother, always a mother. I was not able to have children of my own and often thought about what type of mother would I have been. Instead, I get herded around by my three adopted fur kids, who I can’t imagine life without!
In honor of Mother’s Day, I started reflecting on all the lessons my mom imparted on me. My mom is smart, strong, beautiful and wise, but make no mistake; she can have a firm approach when needed. She knows life isn’t fair, she doesn’t accept excuses and she instructed her children to stand on their own. She is my sounding board and confidant; I get the truth from her!
Perhaps, there are lessons your mother has instilled in you. Or, if your mother was absent, then perhaps an aunt, sister, neighbor, teacher, co-worker or mentor has shown you the ropes of how to navigate your personal journey.
Below, are just a few lessons my mom has taught me throughout my 30-year career.
1. “Give the company more than they expect.” She always taught me that once you get the job, you should always give the company more than they expect. Keep adding value to why you were a great hire.
2. “If you’re not early, then you’re late.” My mom raised six kids and worked full-time. There were no excuses for being late for work in our house, unless you were extremely sick.
3. “Trust is everything.” If someone entrusts you with information, it must remain with you. Don’t break the trust of those you work with. They are your work family.
4.“Dress the part.” She would say that you represent the company, so dress professionally. She was all about the details. Her hair would be pulled back and her makeup and lipstick would be on.
5. “Everybody doesn’t get a trophy.” She said that it takes focus and hard work to achieve the goals you set for yourself. You should put in the time and invest in yourself.
6. “Set the standard.” She always ensured us that excellence is the only way!
7. “You are who you associate with.” I decided to take that advice and surrounded myself with smart, trustworthy people. These people are leaders that I can learn from.
8. Last, but not least, “Live your dream, or you will be fulfilling someone else’s!”
One thing I realize, though, is that you don’t have to be a mother to love and invest in others. Perhaps you’ve had a relative, friend, or coworker guide you throughout your life. They showed you the path and contributed to your growth. They looked after you as a loving mother would. We all want to make a difference in someone’s life. It may be for a moment, a day or a lifetime. That is why I became a manager and business strategist.
Three words to think about this Mother’s Day: “We celebrate you!”