It’s May 3, 2011 – a day that has always been very special to me.
In the small town of Sta. Elena, Marikina City in the Philippines where I grew up, this day is significant as this is when we celebrate our town’s “Fiesta”. A Sta. Elena fiesta is like “Halloween” where you can basically go from house to house and you will be served yummy home cooked meals and delicacies.
I remember growing up, having May 3 as one of my most favorite and much awaited day, just like Christmas and my birthday. Why?
It’s because May 3 is also my Mom Elena Yambao’s birthday!
My Mom was a renegade. As the youngest of 8 children whose parents were fatally injured with an accidental American bomb during World War 2, she was lovingly raised by her sister Emilia Santos de Guzman. She was only 12 years old when their parents passed away and essentially grew up with no parents.
She was a very talented and smart young lady and beautiful too! I heard she received love letters from a few admirers and some of them used to serenade her with romantic ballads.
Though very shy and refined, she went through college and even finished 2 degrees… one in Accounting and one in Education. She worked at a very young age and had the passion for things that are beautiful, especially jewelry, coins and music. She loves to play the piano and is quite good! She was happy being single and she thought she was never going to get married until she met my Dad.
Interestingly enough, when they say “The fruit never falls far from the tree…” it’s absolutely true!
Of their 4 children, family friends say I am the one that looks just like her. In fact, I catch myself sounding like her most of the time.
My Mom is my very first Mentor as I believe that most Moms are, The lessons she has taught me now enables me to help others and truthfully has become the basis of what I teach as The Relational Marketer.
So, here are the Top 10 Lessons I Have Learned From My Mother… My First Mentor:
1) Read Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People” – this should be your guidebook in life as first impression is the last thing!
2) Remember people’s names and say it to them… you’ll be more appreciated.
3) Read… read… read!
4) Be happy just by being with yourself – find joy in the quietness of just spending time with you.
5) Be thoughtful and remember people’s birthdays and those who matter to them – even the birthdays of their cats and dogs! (My sister Ellen still does this masterfully 😉
6) Trust people first… find good in those you meet until they prove you wrong.
7) Work is good but family comes first.
8) Strengthen your FAITH in God.
9) Learn Crossword Puzzles and you’ll always have a healthy brain.
10) Appreciate beauty in art, music and finer things in life.
So, for her birthday, I want to thank her for everything she has done for us and for what she continues to do for us. Amazingly at 79 years old, she discovered Facebook and is constantly engaging using her iPod Touch… I am so proud of her! Now she’s out there encouraging family and friends and educating the youth of her beloved city on its rich heritage.
She doesn’t know I am writing this blog for her but soon enough, she’ll find out as my posts reflect on her Feed so go to her Facebook Page and greet her a “Happy Birthday”! Click on www.Facebook.com/elenayambao – tell her you’re my friend and she’ll friend you too!
To honor her, if there is anything I have inspired you with or help you move forward with, please let her know that too, so she’ll realize that her teachings have been paid forward and are making a difference in other people’s lives.
How about you? Who is your first Mentor and what memorable things have you learned from them?
On this note, I also want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day, if you’re a Mom and I encourage you to celebrate and plan something nice this Mother’s Day Weekend to commemorate the special Moms in your life!
Oh and BTW, we have some amazing connections happening on our The Relational Marketers Group on Facebook… Come join us!
Until Next Time…
I Am Cheering You On To Your Success!