Mentors may come and go in your life, but we always remember the first and most influential mentor we had. I am no exception – my first mentor and surrogate mom while a student at the University of Maine was none other than Miss Nancy of Romper Room fame. Of course, by the time I got to know Nancy Dysart, she was the Director of Alumni Relations for the University of Maine in Orono and adviser to the Student Alumni Association. The Romper, Bomper. Stomper, Boo phase of her life had occurred 20 years previously. But for those of us of certain age and from Maine Romper Room was a staple of local television and served as baby-sitter for our parents in the early days of television.
I got to know Nancy Dysart, when I as a Freshman at the University of Maine, through my involvement with the Student Alumni Association as both a volunteer and later leader of the student run club and of course through my involvement with the Alumni Association as the University of Maine Mascot – Bananas the Bear. It goes without saying that Nancy had a knack of helping those students most in need of guidance and support and how to motivate them. Nancy taught me the 10 most valuable life and business lessons that are the foundation for the success I have achieved in life and in business. In future posts I will delve into each of these in more detail but below are Nancy’s 10 Rules for Life.
Thank – You Nancy for being my mentor, my friend and inspiration to all you have come into contact with, through with your rules and quiet words of wisdom. You had rules before Gibbs did on NCIS.