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Have You Thanked Your Mentors Lately?

This past week we went back to our roots in the cleaning business -- Boise, Idaho. We spent 15 years in Boise starting, growing, and eventually selling the business.

We left in 2002 and have been back just once for a short visit, so it was a very nostalgic week for us. As we reminisced about the old days we talked about the people that gave us a leg up in our business. Two people in particular gave us opportunities that made a huge difference in the growth of our business.

We decided it was time to thank these two people after all these years. We knew they were both still running their businesses in Boise, and as luck would have it, they were both available to see us when we stopped by.

After catching up on what everyone has been doing for the past several years, we told each of them that we'd always wanted to thank them for the time they took to help us grow our business. Had it not been for their mentoring, we might not be where we are today.

Both of them brushed it off as nothing special, but we could see in their eyes the pleasure it gave them to know they made a difference and that we sincerely appreciated it -- even after all these years.

If you have any mentors from your past, I encourage you to contact them to thank them for what they did for you. Not only will you feel good about doing it, you will give them validation that the time they spent with you was worth while and really made a difference. In the end, we all just want to make a difference in other people's lives.