Throughout my career journey, I’ve had the privilege of being mentored by incredible individuals who generously shared their wisdom and guidance. Their support not only shaped my professional path but also transformed my life in remarkable ways. As we reflect on the significance of National Mentoring Month, which we celebrated last month, I want to take a moment to express my deep gratitude to these mentors and share some of their impactful lessons.
Kerry Clark: When I embarked on my first expat assignment with Procter & Gamble, Kerry advised me to bring my belongings with me. His insight was spot on – by making my new surroundings feel like home, I’ve now spent most of my adult life living overseas.
AG Lafley: When I was living and working for P&G in Eastern Europe, AG made sure I stayed with P&G when my husband was transferred to Asia. He was determined that I would stay with the company whether there were positions open for me or not (I ended up getting a great job in Taiwan). Little did I know, this decision would lead to 25 years of living and working across Asia, a journey filled with incredible experiences.
Debra Fine: Debra provided invaluable guidance and support as I wrote my first book, and she’s the reason I’ve now penned 11 award-winning books which have sold hundreds of thousands. I playfully tell her she created a “writing monster” in me! 😉
Denise Wright (RIP): Denise believed in my potential as a coach and set me on the coaching path. Today, I’m honored to be ranked as a Top 10 Coach Globally, thanks to her early encouragement.
Jim Cathcart and Lou Heckler: Jim and Lou opened my eyes to the world of keynote speaking and what it takes to succeed in this profession. Their early mentorship has allowed me to speak in dozens of countries across the globe and even be inducted into the Professional Speaker Hall of Fame last year.
Due to these incredible mentors who’ve shaped my journey, I’m determined to pay forward the support I’ve received. Over the years, I’ve had the joy of mentoring dozens of young professionals in areas such as running their own businesses, book writing, coaching, speaking, and achieving success in general. It’s a privilege to watch these mentees grow and thrive!
Now, I’d love to hear from you! What are your own mentoring experiences? To whom do you owe a debt of mentoring gratitude? Let’s continue celebrating the power of mentorship together.🤝