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Financial Friday: A truly great mentor is impossible to forget

| November 16, 2018

Take a few seconds to think about the people that have positively shaped who you are today.

I’m sure many faces pop into your head along with their wisdom and guidance.

They are family members, teachers, coaches, co-workers, and friends. Each person has been a mentor during different times in your life. 

No amount of education can substitute the wisdom gained through life experiences. Mentors are able to help you deal with your struggles and work towards your goals faster. They show you shortcuts on your road to success.

One of my first business mentors was my aunt, Bobbie Wyatt. She was co-owner of Wyatt Wholesale, a beer and beverage distributor. During the two summers when I was 16 and 17, I worked for her and was lucky enough to sit next to her every day. I watched her manage and lead a mostly male team in a male-dominated industry. I listened to how she spoke to customers, to distributors, to vendors, and to her employees. She always demanded the best and was never shy with her opinions. Even though she was direct and strong-willed, she had a heart of gold and would do anything for her family and employees, whom she considered family. Looking back, those two summers prepared me for life in so many ways. She demonstrated mental strength, perseverance and showed me what a woman business owner looked like. For this, I am grateful to you Aunt Bobbie. I am not alone when saying I wish you were still here guiding our lives today.

Do you still have mentors in your life today?

As we age, our mentors typically don’t come to us, we need to seek them out. So how do you find a mentor?

Sometimes you are lucky to cross paths with a caring person wanting to share their wisdom. But most of the time, you have to make an effort.

If you are needing guidance in a difficult situation, such as the death of a loved one, going through a divorce, or becoming a new parent, look for someone who has had similar life experiences or struggles. Most of the time, they are very willing to help you gain perspective to avoid additional heartache.

If you are looking to improve yourself, find someone you admire who you see achieving success. Watch them, ask for their help, listen and learn.

Not everyone will have the desire to create a relationship with you, but you will gain wisdom with each interaction.

If you are serious about your goals consider hiring a professional coach, personal trainer, business coach, life coach or counselor to improve your results.

Gratitude is most powerful when it is shared. It only takes 2 seconds to recognize a mentor in your life.

Thank those that have made a difference in your life, send a quick text to say thanks!

I am grateful for the professional mentors I am lucky enough to have in my life today. Bob Dickey, Sarah Carlson, Erin Botsford, and Deirdre Van Nest, your wisdom and support has increased the value we bring to our clients.

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