M is for Mentors

[ First I wanted to be this ] …
[ Then I dreamed I’d be the most amazing ballerina the world had seen ]
“What do you want to be when you grow up Anna” – was a question I got continually when I was younger, especially years 6,7, and 8. “I’m going to own a hotel” was always my response and I truly wanted that and believed with my whole heart that that is what I was going to do and was able to do. “oh, don’t be silly, you can’t OWN a hotel, wherever did you think of that” was the normal response. “Just watch me” I replied.
I believe this was the start of my entrepreneurial passion and the birth of my un shakable love for anything business. My mum was always my biggest believer and supporter and used to say I could be whatever I wanted to be. When I was very little I wanted to be a fireman, a policeman and then a ballerina and I still remember mum saying to anything I wanted to be that I could do it, and be the best at it.
Today. I want to entrepreneur. It’s my love, my passion and my drive. If you asked exactly what entrepreneuring is. I couldn’t give you a straight answer. I just know I am always searching for new business ideas that excite and inspire me.
As I’ve gotten older I saw the importance of having daily mentors (leading business people in fields I love) and then bigger mentors who you might not ever meet, but who’s words you sought after and advice you held dear like they’d said it just for you.
I have a long list of both aforementioned mentors to date but I sadly lost one of those mentors today (one who I used for inspiration & insight) …
Steve Jobs.
Sure he hadn’t invented a cure for cancer or come up with a new theory on Mc=2 but he was a hero in my eyes for his accomplishments, drive and perseverance from a very young age and for making his mark in the biggest way as an entrepreneur. I will miss his future advice but his legacy will live on.
I thought it apt to share with you a quote of his that I loved when I stumbled across it at uni a year ago when our entrepreneurship lecturer made us watch his Stanford commencement speech he did in 2005.
It inspires me to continue chasing my dreams and always love what I do. And to this day, I have and looking forward to the future, I always will.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

RIP Steve.

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  1. Mademoiselle Poirot Reply

    That’s a lovely post and you have made the connection between the subjects so smooth. Steve Jobs was certainly a very inspirational person and will be missed… xo

  2. Miss Raj Reply

    Absolutely wonderful post – Jobs is a man in a million, his innovation and passion are one of a kind. I love this quote, thank you very, very much for sharing. xx

  3. Anne Reply

    Beautiful post Anna at a very sad time!


    amazing how every mastermind passes away at such an age where one should be able to enjoy the aging days in grace. every loss can never describe enough for jobs.



  5. tiny dancer Reply

    Fabulous post, your writing always has such deep insight and thoughts. haha, I too wanted to be a ballerina for ever! Then I changed to dance teacher, then eye doctor, now paintings conservator! (what a trip!) Good luck on your future entrepreneur adventures!


  6. Petra P. Reply

    My english is not perfect, but I understod everything and you have my admiration..Your post entrhallet me!
    I also wanted to be a ballerina 😀 (after I saw Black swan I wanted to be again – :-DD). I really like your posts and thank you for your birthday greeting

  7. Coté Writes Reply

    Those are such wise words, and I think you are also very wise for seeking out words of insight from everyone around you. Filling our lives with people we look up to and want to emulate is a great way to learn from following another person’s lead (and maybe even learning from their mistakes). I like what you say about simply wanting to chase down business ideas that inspire and excite you, and I can totally see why Steve Jobs was such a great mentor-from-afar to you…Another quote of his that really resonates with me is this: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Happy weekend of following your dreams and being just crazy enough to change the world. 😉 -Jennifer

  8. Erin Reply

    Amazing Anna! Steve Jobs was an amazing and inspiring man. Sometimes when you see photos of people who have passed, they are, in a way, haunting. Not the photos of Steve Jobs. When I pull up my apple homepage, I see so much inspiration and that look he always had when he had an idea brewing in his mind.


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

  9. Eve.H Reply

    Great post as alway Anna, I agree with his quote and I hope I´ll find what I truly wanna do for a living one day after uni too. RIP Steve. xx Eve

  10. Jess Reply

    Amazing quote. He will definitely be missed!

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