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Five Things I Wish I Knew in My 20s 

Mary Lee Gannon

 Mary Lee Gannon

The Life/Career

Reinvention Coach

From Welfare to CEO of organizations with up to

$26 million in assets

  

Mary Lee Gannon is a Life/Career Reinvention Coach, strategic planning consultant and president of 
StartingOverNow.com - a coaching and consulting firm that helps people reinvent themselves, their organizations and their businesses. 
She is a graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. 

 

Mary Lee's personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she earned success to support her family.

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Clients are from throughout the US and are individuals in transition because of divorce, career change, empty nest, relocation, or leaders at small to mid-size corporations or non-profits who seek a new direction. What keeps them up at night is not having a vision or strategy to move them forward. They see the future very much like the present +/- 10% and know what that has cost them in growth, income and fulfillment. They are working hard but not smart because there is a lack of vision, goals, accountability or good work/life balance in place to produce exceptional results. So bureaucracy, personal agendas and cynicism have grabbed hold when what they want is rekindled passion to be their best or create the best product or service in their industry at a rate of high performers who are fulfilled by a lifestyle friendly business.

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Mary Lee Ganon is Recognized 

Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV, Mary Lee Gannon and Beth Caldwell of PPW - Women of Integrity Award 

Mary Lee Gannon is awarded the 2012
"Woman of Integrity" award by Pittsburgh
Professional Women on December 1st at Le Mont.  Awardees are women of distinction who have balanced career and civic responsibility, who share their success by mentoring others and
supporting their communities.  Pictured
here with Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV
and Beth Caldwell of PPW.

The Book 

Cover to Starting Over Book
Starting Over

Mary Lee's personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance. From there, within a short time, she worked to the level of CEO, directing three hospital foundations over the last 16 years each with assets of up to $26 million.  

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Greetings!   

 

Recently I was interviewed for an article where I was asked to create a list of what I know now that I wish I knew in my 20s.  I have never been one to look back with regret but more so appreciate what I have learned along the way.  We can never go back and change the past.  Why would we?  It has made us who we are today.  A better exercise is to identify what wisdom you have now that may be helpful to others or that you may apply to the decisions of today.  

 

My young adult children, who read this newsletter, will probably read this, momentarily roll their eyes and brush it off as a momism du jour.  But rest assured, they know from being witness to our family's turnaround that the wisdom you gain from life experience will help you make better decisions moving forward.  Understand what you have learned from your experiences.  Not because you want to go back.  But becuase you want to make the most of moving forward.

 

Five Things I Wish I knew in My 20s

 

1. You will go as far as the five people you are closest to.  Spend regularly scheduled time with people who are where you want to be.
  
2. Educate yourself about finance whether or not you are in a financial industry.  Every business has financial concerns.  Know how to read a balance sheet, income statement and profit and loss statement.  Understand how your role in an organization affects the bottom line.
  
3. Let go of the fear that is running your life.  The head trash associated with holding onto fear will bring you down every time.  Identify what you fear, step into the storm of your fear and sit with it until you can stare it in the face without being afraid.  While fear may swirl around you, the storm is not within you.  You drive your life.  Not fear.
  
4. Identify what you value.  When making life decisions such as where you will work, friends, a life partner, social activities, you will find far greater fulfillment if what you do and who you spend time with is in alignment with what matters most to you.
  
5. Create a vision, eliminate expectations and live in the moment.  Success isn't measured by how much you can "get."  It drops in your lap when you have clarity in what is important to you, eliminate doubt from your mind, align the right people and environment around you, create goals that fill a niche and take action.  Know what you want and appreciate the magic of what there is to appreciate in every moment.   

 

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Mary Lee Gannon is the president of StartingOverNow.com - Transforming People and Organizations with Goals-to-Results. With more than 16 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee coaches individuals and organizations with a Goals-Accountability-Results system. Read testimonials from her clients.  She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she rose to the level of CEO to support her family.  Areas of Specialty: Strategic Planning / Board Development /  Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition.  Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.  

  

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