Learning from Our Mothers: 8 Lessons from the World’s Greatest Trainers

We might pride ourselves on our top-notch LMS and training content, and how it can help learners develop as professionals and as people. But let us be the first to admit: many of life’s most important lessons, knowledge, and skills are learned off the job (and maybe even before we ever had one).

As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, let’s pay tribute to the world’s greatest and most dedicated trainers on Earth – our mums / moms! Here are eight gems of wisdom that we at SAP Litmos absorbed from our mothers.

Find Happiness in the Small Moments

Preeti and her mom
“Me with my Mom who always inspires me to be independent and strong. She is an amazing cook and her soft hugs make any pain or sorrow go away. She finds happiness in every small moment of life and is always ready to give poses in a family photo shoot.”

—Preeti, Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer at SAP Litmos, with her mother

Three Pillars to Live Life By

Juhi and her mom
“This is my mom, an ex-schoolteacher, who has always lived her life based on three pillars of discipline, hard work, and selfless devotion to duty. She has always been my best friend. Her cheerful personality lights up a room!”

—Juhi, Sr. Software Developer at SAP Litmos, with her mother

Love with a Big Heart

Gina and her mom
“Me and my mamma! She taught me how to love with a big heart, she encouraged me to be creative, and she shared with me her love for a wide array music including, but not limited to, Rosemary Clooney, The Talking Heads, The GoGos, Dave Matthew’s Band, Paul Simon, and anything from a Broadway musical.”

—Gina, Event and Social Media Marketing Manager at SAP Litmos, with her mother

Life is a Full Circle

Yogi and her mom
“Me and my Mum! My gratitude and love for my mom grew exponentially after I became one. She is a former yoga guru. So, discipline and fitness were an integral part of growing up. Through her actions, she taught me kindness and resilience. She always says, ‘do good, it comes back; life is a full circle.’”

—Yogi, Associate Development Architect at SAP Litmos, with her mother

Kindness Doesn’t Cost a Thing

Stephanie and her mum
“My mum taught me that kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Also, that it takes more effort to frown, than to smile. So why bother? She’s been successfully running her own business during the pandemic and I am, as always, in awe of her ability to balance her career and her family.

—Stephanie, Marketing Co-ordinator at SAP Litmos, with her mother

Embrace Change

Krista with her daughter and her mother
“Here is my mom, who moved my stuff between countries in Europe many times. Who found homes for the countless animals I adopted. Who not only taught, but truly cared about her students at school. Who brings me a suitcase full of rye bread to USA. And then – there is me – a mom of a teenager for two months. Trying to let her go and grow up. Missing the hugs and the cute moments. It’s hard not to be considered that cool.”

—Krista, Chief Operating Officer at SAP Litmos, with her mother and her daughter

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

DeAndre with his mom
“Here’s my mom. She’s the strongest person I know, and she means the world to me. She taught me a few things:

  • Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.
  • Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you.
  • Miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.”

 

—DeAndre, SaaS Account Executive at SAP Litmos, with his mother

Stay Strong, Independent and Sassy

Sara with her daughter, mother, and grandmother
“My first baby, my mom, and my grandmother — two generations of women that taught me how to be strong, independent, and sassy. And I’m trying to teach mine to be the same way.”

—Sara, Creative Director at SAP Litmos, with her mother, grandmother and her daughter