Hello, my friends! To celebrate this month’s theme, Everything Women, I would love to share lessons I have learned from the women in my life. By reading this article, you are guaranteed to learn or relearn three free lessons that, if applied daily, will bring you positive results in life and business. The best part, these lessons were most learned from the women in my life.
I learned to be a Man of Character. Although my mother and I don’t have the closest relationship, she taught me the characteristics of a man. She taught me to open the door for others, not to hit females, how to say, “sir,” and “ma’am,” and even how to cook and clean for others and myself. And of course, she also taught me discipline. While at the time I may not have liked the discipline, I realize now that her discipline is what toughened me out physically and mentally. Most of all, she taught me discipline, to accept responsibility for my mistakes, and to be humble with praises and not to boast. These are qualities that’ll serve you well in life and business. Treat others with respect, make others feel just as important because they are, and always be a person of integrity and character.
I learned to be Aware of My Surroundings. You see, I grew up with four older sisters and can take quite a few lessons learned over the years. But to share one lesson, I remember one of my sisters would always catch me doing crazy things at school or at home that was questionable. She would tell my mom, and once again, I would be in trouble. While I always had the “no snitches” mentality, I must give my sister props for teaching me always to be aware of my surroundings of what and who is around. However, I see it from a positive perspective. In business, you must always be aware of your surroundings. Be always aware of opportunities around you that will help you grow financially, intellectually, and even socially.
I learned how to be an Effective Communicator. I’ve had challenges communicating feelings and thoughts most of my life. Every time there were disagreements or miscommunications, I was always the guy who would take offense and then nothing would get settled. However, being with my current girlfriend of seven years, I have learned how paramount communication really is to succeed in life and business. Communication is a skill that isn’t just speaking, but more importantly, it requires listening. Knowing how to listen and recognize when someone is sharing constructive criticism, venting emotions or asking for advice, rather than perceiving that you are being attacked, is crucial and is one of the most important skills in all aspects of life. Being an effective communicator takes your commitment to be a problem solver rather than just being the “winner” of a misunderstanding.
All in all my friends, many of us have learned these lessons but may not have always been aware of them. With that being said, I encourage you all to go out and continue to grow. Growing in your character, your awareness of yourself and your surroundings, and even growing in your communication skills will guarantee you nothing but success in both life and business. And must I say, I thank the women in my life for being the ones to teach me these paramount lessons.