My mom, Connie Gildersleeve is a very inspiring person to me. Which in this case, why I think she is one of the most successful people that I know. She is successful because she went to school in McCook, NE, attended college, became a certified optometric technician , married twice, has a blended family and then became a TeamMates Coordinator and a Gallup Strengths Coach! Other accomplishments of hers include leading a shoe drive for Students4Soles which collected 13,694 pairs of shoes. The most rewarding part of the shoe drive was getting to distribute shoes to children in need in Costa Rica. Connie also directed the Children’s Church Christmas Program for nine years. She told me what defines success means in her own words, some problems she’s faced and how to handle them, accomplishments she's made and advice for others.
My mom has been a very successful person in her life and she thinks success is very important. She said that success is when you’ve done something you’re proud of and getting the checklist done for the day or knowing that you’ve done something to make yourself better. It also means to help others and doing something she is passionate about. When you have success, you just want more of it and that motivates you to accomplish more.
When problems occur, she looks back on it to see how it started. Then you put a plan together and act right away to settle the problem. The more you linger on the problem, the bigger the problem can become.
Accomplishments are very important to my mom but the most important for her is our family. She wants to make sure that we do our best in everything and to have good manners. She wants us to know how much she loves and cares about us.
My mom does have a lot of advice for others. One of the big parts is to dream big and have ideas that you want to do in the future. Also to have ideas about what you want to achieve. Vision Boards are another great example. You can but all kinds of images and quotes on your vision board to focus on, to help you become successful in the future. Last but not least, she recommends that you focus on your strengths because it’s easier to be successful when you do what comes naturally to you.
After all, my mom Connie is a very inspirational person to me and that’s why she is so successful in so many different ways and one of those is being successful at being a parent. Thank you Mom!