Things I Learned from My Mom
In the last post, “Things I Learned from My Dad,” I talked about some of the things I’ve learned from my dad. I also picked up quite a few things from my mom while I was growing up. I remember it was very common for her to be up and busy at around 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning. Not everyone in my family is a morning person, so being an early bird is definitely something that I must have http://#gotten from her. I’m most productive in the early hours of the day—I’m not a night person and I like to go to bed relatively early, too.
There were always things to do around the house when I was growing up. I’d join my mom in cooking, cleaning—and this may surprise some people—sewing. My mom loved sewing, quilting, and those kinds of activities. Somewhere around the age of 4 to 9 I picked up sewing, mainly because that’s what I’d see her doing. Now, I’m not saying I’m technically proficient enough to be a seamstress, but I do know how to sew on a button or maybe sew a pillow together.
My mom also ran the books for the company at our home office while I was very young. I can remember working on the computer, entering payables or doing other types of data entry whenever I had time after I finished my homework. I really enjoyed being exposed to some of the office administration and bookkeeping side of the business. Although I worked in the field early on in my full-time career, I could handle office tasks thanks to my childhood data entry work. I think it also gave me greater empathy for my office staff. I could more readily relate to certain situations, and it was definitely an invaluable experience.
One of the things my mom would tell me as a child was, “Can’t never could.” When I hear someone say that they can’t do something, I always think that they probably never will. Whenever you face what appears to be a very big challenge in front of you, just keep a positive, optimistic outlook and be confident that you can get it done.