In case you’re unaware, today is Mother’s Day. A celebration of the women in our lives who’ve raised us and diligently taught us right from wrong. Just because you’re grown and on your own, doesn’t mean that the lessons Mom taught you when you were young have fallen to the wayside. Because Mom, believe it or not, was actually one of the smartest entrepreneurs we know. And we’d be remiss not to point out all the wise business lessons we’ve learned from her over the years.

So thanks, Mom. For raising us right. And teaching us some of the most valuable lessons an entrepreneur can learn. Lo and behold – the Top 5 Business Lessons we Learned from Mom.


1. Finish what’s on your plate before you go for seconds.

There are a number of recent studies that show that multitasking is more harmful than helpful to completing the tasks at hand. But if you think about it, this news is not new news by any means. It’s a lesson you’ve been hearing for years, and probably still hear today. And with that, the momism “finish what’s on your plate” rises to fame.

As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get caught up looking towards the next big thing. But this tried and true mom wisdom ensures that you don’t get greedy – and then – get overwhelmed. Your mom meant well when she scolded you to chew more slowly and take your time eating. She taught you that it’s okay to eye the dessert table, but finishing what’s on your plate before you ask for more is a surefire way to avoid stomach aches and waste.


2. Put on a coat.

I’m sure you can recall a number of times in your rebel-laden-youth when your mother would turn to you just as you were running out the door and give you the one-over before exclaiming that “there’s a chill in the air, and you need to bring your coat.” Convinced that outerwear would “totes ruin” your very carefully planned outfit, you’d brush her off with some flippant remark and carry on your way, convinced that you knew what was best.

Until, without fail, 5-10 days later, when you’d be nursing a sore throat and sniffly nose in secrecy and shame. Damn her! You’d think, how does she always know? The answer that she’d give you if you asked was that mother’s always know best, but the reality of it is simpler than you think.

She did her research. While you were busy educating yourself on the pop starlets of MTV, Mom was watching the news – and the weather – and getting informed on practical things that would help her make smart life decisions. An important lesson emerges in this, and that’s the power of doing your homework. Never go into a business meeting without first checking if you’re going to need your coat.


3. Get a job!

When you’re young, little girls and boys are often told that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. So you decide to be a Ghostbuster or Fairy Princess Librarian and spend hours playing out these lives in your imagination. But it isn’t long before you hit adolescence and your mother changes her tune.

Suddenly, you’re forced to confront the sobering reality that being a Slimebuster will in no way contribute to paying the family bills, so you better shape up and find a real paying job or ship out. And thus – your first lesson in how to work hard is born. This lesson, perhaps the most important on the list, will become the backbone of your entrepreneurial adulthood. Having an imagination is never a bad thing, but it doesn’t pay the bills. So keep focused and work hard, and good things will happen.


4. Don’t forget to call your Grandmother.

Mom always had our back when it came to keeping in touch with people who mattered. Your grandmother, the powerful matriarch of the family, had a lot of sway at  family functions – and most importantly – the deepest pockets during gift giving seasons. Let’s face it: Grandma had the goods. And your Mother made sure to remind you of your responsibility as the youngin to keep a good relationship with this power player and do all you could to help her so that, when the time came, she would return the favor and take care of you as well. If this isn’t a lesson in networking, I don’t know what is. Thanks, Mom!


5. Stop fidgeting & stand up straight.

Whether you realized it at the time or not, your parents were the first keepers of your personal brand. They dressed you, fed you and dictated where you went and who you knew long before you were capable of making those decisions yourself. And then, as you grew, they slowly handed pieces of your personal brand back over to you, letting you call the shots. This freedom didn’t come without gentle reminders, however, to put your best foot forward. And what may have seemed like nagging then has served you well into adulthood. Represent yourself well, have confidence and the world will respond accordingly.


What hidden business lessons have you learned from your mother? We’d love to know in the comments section below!