In the Spring of 2017, a successful business leader asked me to take his five granddaughters on a weekend retreat and provide professional development and mentorship in a private, relaxed, yet focused setting. There were two goals; first, help these young women unlock their inner greatness and second, help them stay away from the people who would derail them. Pretty much sums up the path to a tremendous life!
This week I have the honor of addressing a group of emerging leaders. The topic is ‘Nuts and Bolts’ and why we need a network. When I was younger, I kept hearing about mentors, mentors, mentors. I have had countless individuals pour into me throughout the years, but when I hit my 30’s and 40’s, I figured I was a big girl now and could do it on my own. So of course, that's what I did. After all, isn't adversity and mistakes all part of the process? Well, the correct answer is yes, and no.
My point isn’t that you need to stop listening to men with bald chins. My point is that if you listen to what’s going on around you and become genuinely interested in others, you too become wiser. My point is also that you need to be intentional about surrounding yourself with those who can build you up and hold you accountable.