Happy Mother’s Day to all you incredible mom’s out there!
I love my mother dearly and have a huge amount of respect for her. When I was little, she was a housewife for many years then became a teacher. She took great pride and joy in her work. She maintained a spotless home, prepared a home cooked dinner every night, drove us around to our various activities, and managed to find “free time” to golf at least once a week. The skills and values she taught me over the years have been of great value to running my business.
1. Never Give Up
No matter how many times as a kid I failed, my mom was always there at my side encouraging me to keep going. I can still hear her voice in my head, cheering me on. Sometimes it takes a little bit of hard work, but you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Even as an adult, she’s still my biggest fan and cheerleader.
2. Appreciate What You Have
We lived a frugal life growing up. I admired my mom’s ability to appreciate all that we had. She was always so grateful for our home, for the food on the table, and the couple new outfits we would get throughout the year. She taught us that you don’t need to live a lavish life to be happy. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life, as they will bring you the most joy.
3. Puzzles Are Great For The Brain
My mom loves puzzles — jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles, you name it. Puzzles are a great brain exercises that teach you to look at the world differently. They force you to approach problems at different angles and be creative with your solutions.
4. Never Stop Learning
Reading is an important part of being a successful individual. Whether it’s developing your imagination in a fun fictional book or expanding your world by reading about famous leaders, exploring different periods in history, tackling the next business book, etc. Reading expands your mind and opens your eyes to new ideas, thoughts, and cultures.
5. Always Make Time to Play
No matter how busy life got, my mom always made sure we had time to play, together as a family. Whether it was escaping to the mountains for the weekend, relaxing at the lake, going on a bike ride, taking a hike, etc. I’m thankful I learned that it’s ok and it’s important for the soul to “unplug” and enjoy life! The world will not come to an end and everything will still be there when you return.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mother’s out there! Keep doing what you’re doing, as you’re making a bigger difference in this world than you’ll ever know. None of us would be where we are today if it wasn’t for our incredible, supportive, and loving mothers!