Serena Ehrlich of Business Wire talking about how PRs need to sell their skills and impact like marketers or else they’ll lose to the competition. PRSA-LA

Serena Ehrlich of Business Wire talking about how PRs need to sell their skills and impact like marketers or else they’ll lose to the competition. PRSA-LA

Unfold your own myth! #empowerment via Ripl.com

Unfold your own myth! #empowerment via Ripl.com

I’d be nowhere without mentors. Thank you! http://s.ripl.com/569c2h #success via Ripl.com

I’d be nowhere without mentors. Thank you! http://s.ripl.com/569c2h #success via Ripl.com

The Secret of Success Is Mentorship. Thanks, Mom.

I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate National Small Business Week and I keep coming back to mentorship.  I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today without the generosity of others throughout my life, especially since starting my own business.

Think about the moments in your life where you have made a decision based on advice from someone you trust and how that decision ultimately changed the trajectory of your life. What better definition of empowerment is there?

There’s nothing more empowering than mentorship.

So, this blog post goes out to all of the mentors – and mentees – out there, because of what you mean to me and I’m hoping, what you mean to everyone else, small business owners and all.

People like…

  • My high school choir teacher, Mrs. B, who gave me a voice.
  • My twin sister, Melyssa, who fought for a sense of individuality during our formative years with rebel flair. 
  • Amy, who in 2002, told me to take a temping job to get my foot in the PR industry door way back when nobody was hiring recent grads. It worked.
  • Edie, for showing me the power of poise.
  • Daniel, who opened my eyes to a life of being my own boss just as I was considering it.
  • Maggie, who said that I’d never starve if I was half-good at my job.

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Jessica Payne and her mother, Nancy.

If you light a lamp for someone it will also brighten your own path.” 
– Buddhist proverb

And to my biggest mentor…my mother, Nancy. For lifting me during dark times and soaring with me during moments of triumph and great success. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

Take a moment to thank a mentor this week for all they’ve done for you and consider being a one for someone just starting out in their career or business.