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Mother Knows Best (In Life and In Business TOO!)

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Do you remember back in the day when you automatically discounted much of what your Mom said? Call it growing pains or simply a child’s rite of passage but for many of us it took until adulthood to realize that so much of what our Moms told us truly made sense then and even more so now!

I’m talking about the wisdom handed down by all sorts of Moms – professionals, homemakers, artists and more – all of them somehow instinctively got it right.

Both my mother and grandmother have had a tremendous influence on the person I am today.  They both worked and raised a family and yes, my grandmother too.

Here are a few of the things I learned from them:

My grandfather was a butcher with great skills. Although he was kind he was also a bit grumpy and impatient.  He would not have succeeded without my grandmother.  It was her attention to detail, reliability and customer service that kept the customers coming back. Customer service is our #1 value at Symmetry today.

“Go to school, work hard and earn your own living.”  My grandmother and my mother instilled that message in me and I believe it was the impetus that drove me to become the entrepreneur  I am today.

My mother’s mantra was “a penny saved is a penny earned” and her lessons about not spending what you don’t have taught me to create and stick to a budget and this is something I continue to do in my business today.

What other words of wisdom did they impart that we can apply to our business lives as well?

Make sure you say please and thank you.

Can anyone question the logic in that? Politeness counted then and it counts now and frankly there is nothing worse than dealing with ungracious businesspeople that didn’t learn fundamental social skills when they were children. Please and thank you are two of the most powerful words in the English language. Remember to use them liberally and also remember that your Mom was probably the first person to teach you these words and then insisted on their usage!

Go outside and play.

Okay I confess – when I was a kid I wasn’t tied to the computer because, hard to believe, there were no computers to take all of my attention and keep me indoors. Today with all of us wired together and available 24/7 the ability to break away and go outside and play (aka MEET and SPEAK with referral sources, prospects and clients) seems ever more elusive. Human interaction is pretty much the best business builder in which we can engage. Go outside and play!

Look your best.

In general Moms are very concerned about their kids being dressed appropriately for school, family gatherings and anything else deemed to be important. They know that you don’t have a second chance to make a good first impression and whether you like it or not, your appearance plays a big role. Have you ever wondered about someone’s professionalism simply because of his or her appearance? Did you hire them or give them the project? Thought not. Somewhere there is a Mom saying I told you so.

So let’s recognize our Moms for starting us off right and laying down the groundwork for what still carries us through today.

Symmetry because printing isn’t always black and white.

 

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  1. Karen says:

    This is beautiful and timely.

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