Spoiler Alert – I am jamming to Rusted Root while writing this post…….
This weekend, I saw Rusted Root play live at a local fundraiser. What a blast from the past this was for me! Rusted Root is a Pittsburgh-Bred Band that broke out in the 90’s. The band was hugely popular in State College, PA – home to Penn State – where I went to college. I have SO MANY memories of seeing Rusted Root live and just hanging out and listening to them during those years. Seeing Rusted Root this weekend really made me feel nostalgic for those Penn State days and my sorority sisters……
Spoiler Alert #2 –
I am going to write about what I learned from my sorority sisters……
When I finally turned my computer on for the first time this weekend to write on Sunday afternoon (yes – you heard me right – Sunday afternoon!), I flooded with memories of my Penn State years. I suddenly realized that most of what I know in life & who I am today, I learned at Penn State. Not directly from attending classes (which I did with regularity), but from my sorority sisters. For real!!
It does not matter if you were a member of Greek Life or another student group/organization, but I am sure that you can remember the MEETINGS that played a part of these groups. Do you? Those long and lengthy meetings in which you discussed t-shirts for Homecoming ad-nauseam; who was running study halls; or who was a good partner to match up with for a charity project? I think the great t-shirt debate – long-sleeved vs short-sleeved, navy blue or forest green, small logo on the front or not – is quite possibly where I developed my love for detail. I remember debating late in the evening on this t-shirt issue many a time. Last week, I found myself totally caught up in small details of my business that were irrelevant to long-term scheme of things. Now, I know where I adopted this love of irrelevant small details.
Most important about those sorority days, were the bonds that we created. These tight bonds formed over the years of living in close quarters and surviving the ups and downs of early adulthood (if you can even call it that) together. As young women away from our families, we learned to listen to one another, help when needed, and survive in a group situation. Sound a little bit like a big work project that you have to work on with multiple personalities? You got it! I am obsessed with detail due to those days, but I also can maneuver group dynamics, listen well, and credit my managing of my entrepreneurial team to those years.
It has been a LONG time (I am not going to tell you exactly how long), but there is a greater sense of connection among us gals. Lately, I have been talking a lot about mentoring with some fellow women entrepreneurs, and it occurs to me that my sorority gals have been some of my first turning points. If not for mentorship, these gals read the blog, answer surveys, and in general – SUPPORT me. Facebook has not only connected us so we can see everyone’s awesome photos and lend support when there is an emotional need, but also we can keep up with the big picture. Today – I am so excited to be able to MENTOR a sorority sister of mine who is a SAHM turning mompreneur. I am able to share my adventure with her and act as a sounding board for her ideas! How AMAZING!
I definitely felt a little older listening to Rusted Root this past weekend, but I was able to take a fabulous walk down memory lane. Better for my sorority sisters that I write this blog because as many of them know, I also love to scan in old photos!
Lately, I have been into extracting mompreneur lessons from real life experiences, so here it is — Most of being a mompreneur, I learned from my sorority sisters.
- I learned to pay great attention to small details. Sometimes Helpful, Sometimes Not.
- I can tolerate spending long periods of time with a lot of different personalities. Awesome quality for working on big projects with many people.
- There is a lifetime network available to me and all the other gals which is downright FABULOUS.
As entrepreneurs, mompreneurs, or solopreneurs ~ We can find valuable lessons in many stages of life! Thanks for reminiscing and having a bit of fun today….stay tuned here for my upcoming video on essentials of being a mompreneur. RB