We’re fortunate to count a handful of people in our lives who we consider professional mentors. For me, four remarkable individuals helped shape my career and became enduring friends along the way. It is a privilege to refer readers to their knowledge and to share these defining examples of their guidance.
George “Nick” Nicholson, retired Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, and former boss, taught me to smile in the face of adversity and adversaries, which renders them irrelevant.
Edward L. Bernays, founder of the public relations profession, taught me the value of “independent validation,” to use impartial authority to prove a cause or campaign genuinely represents the public interest.
Ansel Adams, America’s most famous nature photographer, taught me that “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can be contained in words.”
Robert N. Butler, M.D., Pulitzer winning author and researcher on longevity, taught me to age with purpose.
Thanks to these mentors, I have learned to value confidence, humility, vision and purpose. Find your inspiration — then show your gratitude by sharing what you’ve learned.