My father was my very first mentor.

He has many traits that I respect and admire and have always tried to emulate. Dad has always been a provider. He is a hard worker, friendly, outgoing, family-focused and goal-oriented. It is pretty obvious now, that as a kid, I was given the right training and skillsets to start my development in becoming a coach.

Dad gave me confidence, support, and constant encouragement. He was (and still is to this day) my biggest cheerleader and I always knew that I could go to him for anything. Growing up he always said, find something that you love to do. He encouraged me to find my passion and go after it.

My Dad had a 42-year career at the Boston Edison Electric Company. He started as a draftsman and he left as an Accountant. Education was important to him, so he went to school several nights a week. My brothers and I were still in elementary school when he earned his Accounting degree from New Hampshire College. We were so proud of him on his graduation day and we aspired to graduate someday, just like dad. Dad taught us that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Throughout the years, there were many lessons that Dad taught us about people. His experience with politics taught me a lot about how to network. As a young girl, I learned how to shake someone’s hand, how to maintain good eye contact and to remember people’s names and personal things about them. I learned it by watching him and then imitating him. Dad is a master communicator. He has the ability to meet new people and develop new friendships. He is a very likable guy and he is knowledgeable about many different things.

As an adult, I still learn a lot from my Dad. One of the most important lessons that Dad has taught me is the importance of having a mentor in your corner. Dad was my own personal teacher, counselor and trusted advisor. I know that everyone needs someone. No person is an island and we all need a mentor to bring out the best in us.

Since today is Father’s Day, I would like to recognize all Father’s who not only provide for their families but also spend time with their children. 

I want to say a special Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and thank him for giving me the skills for mentoring and coaching others. Also, thank you to my father-n-law and my husband who are also wonderful Dads. I am grateful to have all these Dads in my daily life.

What mentor in your life has been instrumental to you and your development?

Who are you thankful for today?

With gratitude and best wishes,
Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

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