It’s safe to say that our mothers are our first teachers. From kindergarten to the corner office, they help us navigate through life at every step. While we may not always solicit Mom’s advice (teenage years, anyone?), some of those wise words we heard as children still ring true as adults—whether it’s about the importance of saving or the impact of punctuality.
“When I was in the group Wild Orchid, my mother sat me down and made me understand the importance of having a schedule, putting in the work and sticking to the schedule. She taught me to be realistic in how I set forth a calendar, and that would give me the greatest chance to reach my goals. It’s a lesson I still use to this day.” —Fergie, singer and Avon Global Ambassador
“My mom used to take half of my babysitting money and put it into a savings account so that I would have spending money when I left for college. The 50-percent rule no longer applies (I wish!), but socking away a portion of my earnings is something that I still do. It’s set up as an automatic transfer, so it’s like the money never even existed. Out of sight, out of mind kind of thing. It works!” —Lara Ramos, blogger/founder, The Glossarie
Patience is Key
“My mom taught me to always be early—if you’re not early, you’re late. It helps me as a tool to escape anxiety, or that feeling of being stressed because you didn’t give yourself enough time. I’ll pad my time to get to a job, and if I’m early I’ll go get a coffee, make some calls in my car, or do an errand. I definitely got a good work ethic from my mom.” —Lauren Andersen, Avon Celebrity Makeup Artist
The Power of No
“When I was young, I loved to watch my mother apply her makeup (she taught me how to do eyebrows). In addition to beauty tips, my mother taught me the importance of staying true to my word and being responsible. I was taught you are as only as good as who you are and whom you associate yourself with. I’m very conscious of always keeping my integrity. All good things take time and patience,and if you take shortcuts you are only cheating yourself. Plus, most of the great experiences in life are in the process of trying to achieve your goals.” —Julie Tussey, Beauty and Eyebrow Expert
“My mom always told me (as did my grandmother) that the most important things for business are to be reliable and credible. My grandmother was a businesswoman both in the Dominican Republic and in the U.S., and she always stressed the importance of never giving away any of your trade secrets—that’s what makes your specialty special! I applied that teaching to my blogging and editing life today. —Evelyn Lugo, editor, Ev The Curl Gurl