He had warm eyes, a firm handshake and a great laugh. He laughed often and infectiously. He had a way of presenting an idea (no matter how profound) as though it just came to him in that moment. He was professional with a touch of humor and familiarity. “Always a pleasure Miss Bethany” This was my mentor Jeff Newland.
He didn't see people as they were, he saw them for what they could be. He was truly:
"The Chief Fan of Your Potential"
A note from Jeff to me:
Bethany, I think in the future you will still be dreaming of incredible things… but I think they will be the incredible things that others fortunate enough to know you will be seeking to accomplish with your support and wisdom. You will care about those things like you care about what you’re doing right now. Remember to surround yourself with people who need you to be at your unique and special best. Keep going Bethany.. I love what’s coming.
At that time, my focus was personal excellence. I wanted to be as close to excellence in every area of my life as I could be. I wanted to be smart and successful, to create a great life for myself, and achieve all my goals. Those weren’t wrong ambitions, but there was something missing in this perfect little life….
Now quite a few months later, I know what he was talking about in that note.
A star wants to see himself rise to the top, while a leader wants to see those around him rise to the top. -Simon Sinek
I want to introduce you to the new “Miss Bethany”
I believe when individuals with potential are convinced of the possibilities of their value, they will take action to reach their greatness.
I purposefully champion individuals with potential.
Jeff not only saw that I was capable of giving that to others, he did that for me. He showed me my potential and supported my growth.
What a beautiful gift: To believe in someone until she believes in herself.
Thanks to a wise and caring individual, I had the guidance I needed to take steps toward becoming my best self, in order to give my best to others.
My wish for you, is that you too can understand your unique value and feel supported to bring that to the world.
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” -Edmund Lee