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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Nurturing values that can guide individuals to success.

Updated: Aug 6, 2023




In life, there are certain individuals who cross our paths and leave an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. They are the influencers, the mentors, and the role models who shape our perspectives and guide us on our journey. As a parent, I've had the privilege of witnessing the profound impact of an early influencer on my son's life - a British Kickboxing champion named Andy Mayo.


From a young age, my son showed a keen interest in kickboxing. Little did we know that this interest would not only develop his physical prowess but also instill crucial life lessons that would carry him through various phases of life. Andy Mayo, a prominent figure in the world of kickboxing, took on the role of not only teaching kickboxing techniques but also imparting invaluable wisdom during every session.


One particular lesson stood out: the importance of walking away from a fight. It wasn't just about the physical act of stepping back from conflict, but a metaphor for choosing one's battles wisely and recognizing the power of restraint. This lesson resonated deeply with my son and became a guiding principle for him in various aspects of life. As he progressed through school, he found himself drawing on Andy Mayo's teachings, navigating challenges with a composed and thoughtful demeanor.


The impact of early influencers like Andy Mayo extends far beyond the training mat. Their guidance becomes woven into the fabric of our character, influencing the choices we make and the values we uphold. The life lessons shared by these mentors become touchstones, guiding us through both triumphs and trials.


Reflecting on this journey, it's evident that the influence of early mentors is a priceless gift. It's not just about learning a skill or a technique; it's about imbibing a set of principles that become integral to our identity. As my son embarks on new chapters in his life, he carries with him the resilience, wisdom, and grace instilled by Andy Mayo.


The story of my son's experience underscores the incredible potential of early influencers to shape lives in meaningful ways. It's a reminder that as parents, educators, and mentors, we hold the power to mold the future by imparting more than just knowledge - we have the opportunity to nurture values that can guide individuals to success.

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