Life Behind The Scenes With The Ironing Diva
Stories about how me and my partner, Victor Pleshev, created a new life out of the ashes of Paul Keating’s 1992 ‘recession we had to have’.
How did we design 7 products? And get them to market?
How did we build a worldwide business from broke?
How did we carve out a rural lifestyle that is the envy of our friends? And our customers?
How did we create a beautiful hectare of garden out of a barren paddock sitting atop an infertile rock shelf?
It wasn’t easy. But this is the business and the lifestyle that we built from scratch. The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
Why You Should Mentor Another Person
Do you mentor someone? I do. I’ve mentored many people. And find it an especially rewarding experience. It also gives me the opportunity to pay forward all the help I’ve received on my journey down the Yellow Brick Road of life.
I do it for free.
I’ve helped people start a new business. Understand Facebook. Learn to sell. Become computer literate.
My most rewarding mentorship was changing a person’s attitude to customers. To understand that they’re not an intrusion into a business day. But they are the proverbial money tree everyone dreams of.
Why do I do this?
When I was 12 years old. And trying to teach myself how to sew. My mom was in the hospital. Critically ill. She had been given the last rites by the church.
Before she married my dad, she was a couture dressmaker in New York City. And I depended on her to help me make heads and tails out of pattern instructions.
With her so ill. But recovering in a long stay in hospital. I turned to a neighbour in our apartment complex. Diana. In her late 20’s. With two children. Who I looked after some afternoons when Diana wanted to go to the grocery store on her own.
Diana never refused to help me. Whenever I knocked on her door, she’d take my pattern instructions, and show me step by step what I needed to do.
And because of her, I persevered with sewing.
And went on to become the ‘go to’ gal in my school for making your own clothes. A status that I was very proud of!
I can never pay Diana back. But I can pay forward the unwavering help she gave me when I felt utterly frustrated.
And believe me, paying it forward is so undeniably satisfying.
Do you mentor someone? Have you taught someone something they didn’t know? Or helped them achieve an objective? In your personal life? Business life?
Have you had the pleasure of watching someone thrive? Because you took them under your wing. And helped them achieve something they couldn’t do on their own.
If I hadn’t learned how to sew, I couldn’t have helped my partner, Victor Pleshev, an architect, design our signature product, the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover, for his mother Margarita.
Someone had to sew the prototypes. And there I was. Chief Seamstress. Helping him bring to life a product that would change the life of his mother.
If you haven’t helped someone, I suggest you look for an opportunity to do just that. It is nothing short of an inspirational experience. For both of you. And you never know where it will lead.
You will also learn as much as you teach. ~Carol❤
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