Here is a great story and lesson from CRPAA’s business and leadership coach Bob Gambone. – Eric Pensenstadler, CRPAA Founder
1963 was the last time I saw my cousin Nan. She was 7 years old, I was 8.
Yesterday we met for coffee at the same corner store in Rennerdale PA. where we bought and shared penny candy 55 years ago.
For two hours we shared our stories. From family, to business…good times, sad times… loves found and lost… I was captivated by the experience, our experience.
Five decades have separated us, yet we both were in sync in how we viewed the world, our world.
Three leadership lessons I learned from Nan:
1. Back in the early 70’s she was the first women sales manager in her company. Was she scared?, Hell yes!
The Lesson: “Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is not accepting fear as an excuse.”
2. Nan journeyed through five serious relationships. Never going without blaming herself for some of the failures. Finally she found the love of her life a few years ago, he died suddenly last year.
The Lesson: “He always wanted me to to get my Masters Degree, and now at the age of 62 I’m going to do just that.”
I’ve never said, why me?… you can not change what happens to us, we can only change what happens within us.”
3. After her fourth serious relationship ended in divorce, Nan decided to fulfill a dream of her’s since she was a kid, become a professional motorcycle racer.
From 1998 to 2005 she picked up a few sponsors and formed a racing team. She broke a lot of records, several which remain in place today.
And yes! Nan is a veteran. She served during the Cold War.
As we said our goodbyes, I was overwhelmed with joy as I remembered what she said…
The Lesson: “I’m not sure if life is all about what is meant to be… I do know that what I do, I mean to do it. I take all the responsibility and embrace every emotion life gives me.”
Passion, Leadership, Results!