Gen W Community Shares Best Advice from Mom

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!  We asked members of our Generation W community to share the best advice they have ever received from their moms:



Sandy Bartow: “When I was in high school, she said, ‘Go to college.’  I didn’t.  I bought a business instead.  When I was 30, my first husband died.  She said, “Go to college.”  I didn’t.  I bought, grew and sold businesses instead.  When I was 43, I was offered a great job at a university.  One I was qualified for and would have loved.  But, alas, I did not have a college degree which was required for the position.  At 44, I took her advice.  I went to college!  At the age of 49 I had earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and “going to college” was one of the richest experiences of my life.  My parents attended both graduations and I am certain it was two of their proudest moments.  Advice?  Better late than never!





Leslie Bertino:  “Starting my 401k when I was 20 was excellent advice from my mom.”








Katherine Callaway:  “Do what you love, then you will never work.”








Shelley Diamond: “My mother said many wise things but the best advice I got was from her personal story.  How she lived her life.  She was born in Berlin, came here as a teenager, spoke no English and showed her children that we could do anything.  Everything was possible.  Unfortunately she passed away at 57.  But she lived everyday with a love of life, a love of adventure, a fearlessness and a curiosity that has made my brother and I who we are today.  Thank you, Mom.”







Gerri Elliott: “Appearances matter…even if you don’t feel the part, look the part.”







Carla Harris:  “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”









Patti Minglin: “When I was growing up, my mom’s favorite saying was, ‘It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.’  As I’ve gotten older I realize that tone–whether in voice or in writing–really does change the meaning of your words.”







Donna Orender: “My mom’s best advice, ‘You won’t get it if you don’t ask.'”








Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton: “Tie your wagon to the farthest star…you can always get off.”








Regina Secor Premil:  “When I was 10 my mom said, “It’s a great time to be a woman, you can be anything you want to be! Thanks, Mom.”







Mary Ann Wasil:  “Every single year on the 4th of July, my mother would greet her six eager children at the pre-parade breakfast table with this sobering pronouncement, ‘Well, it’s the 4th of July; summer’s over. You’ll be back to school before you know it.’  It’s taken us a lifetime to decipher her annual proclamation, which seemed so cruel to us as children, and here it is:  Time flies. It waits for no one. Don’t let even a moment pass you by without cherishing it, without tasting it, drinking it all in, every last drop…as slowly as possible.”




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Happy Mother’s Day to our Generation W community!