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Some Motherly Advice

By May 4, 2016 January 16th, 2019 No Comments

A number of years ago Elena Rossini asked me to write a mother’s day blog for her website “No Country For Young Women”. Awkward! By my own definition, my relationship with my mother is absolutely perfect: we don’t talk, haven’t in years. But not exactly the stuff for Elena’s blog….so here’s what I shared with her instead: ten things I’ve learned from my “mothers” — the inspirational, opinionated and fiercely strong women whose friendships, wisdom and guidance are an integral part of my life-story. Now their advice may have concerned practical matters, such as feeding dinner guests, but frankly, I think their advice has broader application:

1. Having good posture is powerful.
2. Age is an attitude — and as you can’t change your age, change your attitude.
3. When preparing for a dinner party, set the table first — your guests will think something is coming.
4. Whatever you do in life, strive to be the best.
5. The dishes can wait. Really.
6. Save the apologies.
7. Make your own bed.
8. Ambition never ever really dies.
9. Friendships transcend generations, and first marriages.
10. Sometimes, you need to eat dessert first.

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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.