He talked – I listened.
He told stories – I wrote them down.
He gave examples – I asked questions.
He made jokes – I couldn't resist witty comments.
He became the source of my education, inspiration, motivation and admiration.
A mentor in life.
A mentor in my career.
There will always be a "pre" and a "post."
The words of wisdom and ways to go are still sent to me, from overseas.
"Ask for a lot of money. You are worth it."
I don't give a damn about that money, but I do care about the support.
The firm belief that I can do it.
That I am worth it.
Oh, those certain, special people.