At a dinner party last week someone asked me why I always had mentors in my life, and why were they important to me? It’s easy really - I always need to keep learning and surround myself with people who have more, and different experiences than I do. Each time I choose a mentor I make sure they have something special about them.
Back in 2008 I met an amazing woman, who I would work with and then would become an amazing mentor. This mentor, Trudy, who I used to call ‘Wonder Woman’ (to her face), would get more of 24 hours than most do in 48 hours.
But when she talked with you she was present, and in the moment. One morning she called me on the way to the airport – she was on her way to Sydney for the day. The next morning she called to say she was off to Perth for a couple of days of consulting. Never a dull moment, and never short of a great story.
Trudy was the one who decided she would mentor me. This meant I had to take a long hard look at my skill set and experience, and exactly what success meant to me. We always talked about the ‘success of the soul’, and how important that is. For a period of time we would catch up once a week, where by she would fire off words filled with energy, enthusiasm, and success. I remember one day Trudy called me in to her office and shoved a brown paper bag in my hand telling me, ‘read these by the weekend, we’ll talk about them on Monday.’ That was Thursday.
She gave me “The 4 Hour Work Week” and “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow”. Two books I often refer to and recommend to friends.
Last week I received one of those damn phone calls you never want to get; I was told my gorgeous mentor, and friend had passed away. Trudy was only in her 50′s.
Trudy – if you can read this where ever you are; “you are a bloody amazing Wonder Woman!”