When goals get blurry, you feel alone, or just need a dose of good old positive thinking, you find who your true friends, mentors and supporters are. Those who have gone before us, stand beside us, and sometimes even push our behinds, have a way of helping to bring clarity and focus to our situations when we invite and allow them to.
Keeping on the heels of the holiday season of sharing and giving, here is the gift of advice from the moms, mentors and friends from LocalLEVO communities across the nation. We tweeted and Facebook-ed our network of Gen Y women to ask what pieces of advice they’ve received from the wise women in their lives. Here are some of the responses:
“Better to be in the game than on the sidelines.” –My mom, @kat_reilly
“Don’t be a spectator in the workplace.” –My mentor, @KatieWalpole
“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher @inaherlihy
“Don’t let perfection get in the way of better” — @shelleytibbetts
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg at HBS’s Commencement in 2012 @globalmoha
“THIS was the golden advice from my mom, ‘People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.’ –Lincoln” — Levo’s Community Manager @MaxieMcCoy
“I’m convinced that if you follow your passion, no one else would ever be able to do the job like you do. You might have to have a ‘job’ to earn money to pay your bills, but follow your passion. Even if it means having your passion as a side job or taking less money and all of that, your happiness is priceless.” –My mom, @a_byte_of_life
“Both my mother and mentor have taught me that love is all that matters. My mother always taught me to see the positive in every situation, to never pass judgment and always give people the benefit of the doubt. My mentor pushed me to stay competitive with myself and keep the spark that I have behind all the ‘sweet’ to follow my gut instincts always. Hence the name of my newly launched startup, Sweet & Spark!”
— Jillian B.
“Find what makes you feel centered and calm and then HOLD ONTO those things because at the end of the day you have to take care of yourself to be a good leader and to continue to push the vision that you have for your company forward.” — Levo’s co-founder, Caroline Ghosn
“GO FOR IT! You gotta be a little delusional and you gotta be a little bit like, ‘Okay, BRING IT ON!’ You have to be willing to do everything. Know that there are going to be REALLY REALLY bad moments and then there will be absolutely unbelievable things that you’re like, THIS is my life NO WAY! Just know that if you believe in yourself and you find a really great support network that believes in you and is honest with you, you’ve gotta just go for it! — Levo’s co-founder, Amanda Pouchot
“My mom always gives me amazing advice. She is my biggest cheerleader but always will kick me in the ass when needed. I love her honestly and appreciate it even when I really don’t want to hear the truth. The one thing she always tells me is, “Marthe, it is not always about you’ It is so true in the sense that I am always worried if I don’t hear from a friend that she is mad at me, or maybe I did something to offend someone, or if my colleague at work is snappy at me… I always would take it personal or think it has to do with me. With my mom saying it ain’t about you girly-girl, it makes me realize people are SO caught up in their own world that I am not even on the radar. Knowing this gives me the freedom of not getting caught up in the little things.” — Marthe T.
“Live in the moment! By focusing on the moment, we will be able to think, know ourselves, understand others, and act with confidence and resolve. AND, my mother ingrained in me that I should always be proud to be a woman and to support and encourage my fellow women. She reminds me to value the amazing characteristics and perspectives that I have that can only come from womanhood. You don’t need to be anyone or anything else. “ – My mother, from Harmeet Gill-Sethy
Now we want to hear from you!
What are quotes of inspiration or great pieces of advice you’ve received? Tell us in the comments!