This doesn’t directly apply to our business, but in a way it does. None of us gains our expertise and wisdom to succeed in life without help, whether we’re real estate redevelopers, business owners, contractors, or property owners (or anyone else, for that matter). We have all had mentors who have generously shared their thoughts with us or lived by example, and these folks help make us who we are. Who are your mentors? Have you let them know how much you appreciate them lately?
My Family Friend
I am sitting here today, grieving the loss of one of my mentors, a man who showed me how to live a life of principle and peace and who got me through some really rough times better than I ever thought I would. Now, I’m sure my friend Ed Harris knew he’d been a great help to my family for many years, because he knew he was a good neighbor to my parents in North Carolina and was generous in sharing his home and hospitality many times, including when my father passed away very unexpectedly. This is just how he and his wife, Ann, lived their lives.
But I wonder if he knew how much the talks we used to have as we shared meals or just shot the breeze helped me as I learned to do a better job treating others as I’d like to be treated? I benefited so much from hearing him talk about the lessons he learned from students he taught, the strength that comes from maintaining good relationships with people with whom you have deep disagreements, and most important, how much joy he got from making the most of his leisure times. It’s why I stop to enjoy the beauty around me and don’t spend all my time working on my two jobs (and my volunteer board position). Ed shared how his Quaker spirituality helped shape him, and those ideas, in turn, shaped me.