If you're an entrepreneur with dreams of making it big, the smartest move you can make is finding a mentor. Obtaining the right mentor is like choosing the perfect pair of rollerblades -- once you find the best fit, they offer you quality support and comfort when skating on unpredictable terrain.
The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.
One of the greatest gifts a mentor can give to a mentee is to share their experiences--the good, the bad and even the very ugly. Matter of fact, it is through the very ugly that we sometimes learn our biggest lessons.
Business and technology will always be a part of my life, as will Zen and meditation. Business has its highs and lows and having a practice helps keeps things in perspective, helps keep our egos in check and tends to bring a balance to life.
You're probably aware of the hand-wringing about young women and perfectionism. But you haven't heard enough about how the ability to persevere after making a mistake will be a key factor in forging the link between your triumphs at college and your future success at work.
As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.
The value, and expense of education is a complex subject -- a subject which, particularly in our current economic climate, has been repeatedly addressed by people with more experience in, and knowledge of, higher education.
Graduation always makes me think about importance of mentors in a person's life. Indeed, universities are trying to make mentoring more central to their missions. Universities have mentoring programs and mentoring training.
As we celebrate Mother's Day and your upcoming graduation, let yourself fall in love with older women -- women you deeply admire. Let their grit, humor, strength and wisdom inspire you, permeate you, and change you on a cellular level.