In November, during Thanksgiving weekend, it will be one year exactly where my partners and I (The HD Group) were honored by the 10th Annual International Entrepreneur’s Association of Asia. Our group received 3 awards for our service to the direct sales industry. One of the awards was for Mentor of the Year. This was a honor for us because there no team in networking history that ever received this award.
One of the three awards was very special to me because it was largely in part about how I was privileged to be part of a collective group of like minded people who believed in nurturing and mentoring the people we worked with from all around the world.
Mentorship to me is one of the most important skills you can learn that can make a meaningful impact and difference in people’s lives. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working in corporate America or in a job you want to make a career out of, it’s important to have a mentor you can rely on to help guide you through your career. And of course to bounce off things with. Everything from sticky work situations to even stickier office politics, it helps when you have someone looking out for you helping you navigate through the world of business and relationships.
I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have three very incredible men who have mentored me through the years and who I have great love and respect for. One of them was Doug Wead, Presidential Historian and conservative political commentator, Don Brindley, former President and CEO of Merrill Lynch Insurance and of course the biggest influence in my life, my husband of 20 years, Norman who was an amazing entrepreneur. These men have accomplished so many great things and I knew by just listening to them was one of the greatest things to happen to me.
These men with their incredible work history and business and political influence have shaped my life and career in the way I think and what I wanted to do with my life. I modeled a lot of what I decide to pursue after what they’ve accomplished. You see why mentors didn’t just stay in their lanes.
Doug is a television personality, highly paid motivational speaker, networker marketer, philantropist and New York Times best selling author. Don took one business to over a billion dollars, is in the health and wellness field, was influential in the sales tools field and at the same time has consulted on so many projects and with so many different kinds of businesses that he’s a known entity in the industries he serves. And my husband, my role model and best friend has one of the best strategic minds for business I’ve ever encountered. He took a company he owned, tweaked it and stayed with it and grew it to a level where years later a publicly held company ended up buying it. My husband is an accomplished musician in that he composes his own music, is well versed in politics and some what a historian of sorts. On top of it, he’s counseled me on the many projects I worked on throughout the year.
With all this mentoring going on and everything that I have learned from my mentors, I promised myself that one day once I got to the level of confidence of giving advice that I would help as many people along the way to get to their dreams. I’ve been in the direct sales field for a little under a decade and luckily it’s a field that embraces not only mentoring and coaching but teamwork. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy working in this field.
It’s also very satisfying to journey back the last few years and seeing how everyone I’ve helped has grown both personally and professionally in so many ways.
My way of giving back comes in so many forms as I learned from my mentors not to stay in my lane. From hosting digital summits around the world to help entrepreneurs grow their business through digital media and branding strategies to consulting aging and failing companies and bringing them back to life to teaching small business owners how to do their first Facebook live, there is nothing more satisfying then to have a backstage pass to see their success unfold.
While I’m more then excited that I was part of a group where mentoring is a key core value, I’m even more determined then ever to help even more people from all over the world, conquer their dreams and accomplish their goals.
Again, giving back to the people that surround me is how I want to leave my legacy to the world and if you want to succeed in whatever you’re involved in, make sure you find yourself a great mentor or mentors because it sure makes it a lot easier when you have someone in your corner who wants to lift you up and let you stand on their shoulders.