With Mother’s Day this weekend, families everywhere are honoring those women who nurture them and help them grow. But for me, Mother’s Day is just as much about my children; after all, without them, I wouldn’t be a mother!
I’m pretty proud that my kids get to see firsthand how I operate as an entrepreneur, and as a CEO. Here’s what I imagine — and hope! — they’re learning from me.
1. Anything is Possible
When I was a child, I couldn’t have envisioned running a successful company (two, in fact). But as I got older, I began to see that everything was in the realm of possibility for me. I’ve got everything I could want out of life, and while it took damn hard work to get here, I made it a reality. I want my children to know that whatever they want to accomplish, they absolutely can.
2. That Being Said, It Does Take Effort
Nothing I’ve received or accomplished as CEO of CorpNet has been handed to me. My husband, Phil, and I have worked extremely hard to get where we are. Our kids know how much we value hard work in our household. They each have their own chores and responsibilities, and I hope that in some way, that sets them up for success in the work world down the road.
3. Entrepreneurship Can Change Your Life
I totally believe that being CEO of my company has completely improved the quality of my life. I’m doing what I love, and my kids see that. They don’t see their parents come home after slogging away for 8-10 hours a day doing something that saps the life out of them. Instead, they see their parents come home after helping people start a business, excited for what the next day will bring.
4. No One’s Perfect
Least of all me. And I’m open about my frustrations and failures with my family. While the kids don’t care about the specific bumps in the road that my company faces, they can at least take the lesson that when there’s an obstacle in life, you’ve got to find the best solution, implement it, and move on. That applies to a company with growing pains just as much as a sister and brother bickering over a toy.
5. They’re Still #1
No matter how much I love my work at CorpNet, my family comes first, and my kids know that. They know that I will be at every sporting event, play, and life moment. After all, they won’t be kids forever, and I’m keenly aware of that fact. Why would I put my business in front of what matters most to me?
Happy Mother’s Day to all those mothers out there!