Articles by Rick Lesser
By Virginia Alexander
I have been asked many times to
discuss and write on my experience with mentors in my life. At a convention
about 6 months ago, I was asked to please write an article on this
subject for a magazine, Kinda like inspiration for other women, about
the female mentors in my life,
What hit me wrong is this: Mentors
are not one gender, some are not human. Who a mentor is: any person,
place or thing that inspires us. Here are the inspirational prototypes
that I was built from. I was asked why I achieve what I do. After
some thought and a list, here are my top 3. A few fundamental factors
I have instilled in my own life,
- Think before I speak
- Say what I mean in a diplomatic manner
- Do not except abuse. Nuff said
My first Mentor is a woman, Virginia
Redigan; she is a fashionista, with a personality that just memorizes
you. She is a major player in the beauty Industry in Florida. Virginia
was first a hair dresser then, a distributor of Nexxus products. She
has a company, LVW beauty supply. She was always gracious, put together,
willing to test or try new things. She was forefront in fashion and
Just a phone call away. Her son Luke and I were very close for a long
time. They were always just a phone call away. I listened to everything
eighter one of them said, how they conducted themselves as well as
their approach to business, friendships and life. Luke is still there
today with his wife running the business, (Cecilia, born on the same
birthdates as his mom Virginia) A beautiful woman with business savvy
and the smarts to pull anything off. Why do I like them so much....They
are honest people who work hard, have no excuses, take care of their
own and still take the time to help others. What I keep as perfect
lessons from the Redigan family. Stay current in your Industry &
Look current. Be educated in what you are selling or talking about
Be the best you can be. Work hard and appreciate what you have, where
you came from and look where you are going. Virginia & her family
still own & run LVW Beauty supply in Coral Springs Fl.
Carol Colette, an incredible woman,
with all the grace, poise, intelligence and savvy to achieve any thing
in life. Carol taught me about the fine art of entertaining, and presenting
myself properly.She is always dressed perfectly. Her home is poetry
in motion, a feast for the eyes! I learned a lot about design from
her. Even though she is not a designer, it is her natural gift or
talent. She is spiritual, believing that everything happens for a
reason and in the big picture everything works out, persevere, and
don't hurt anyone along the way is her motto, I follow that to this
day. If anyone else can do it, so can we, as long as it is right for
us. Good advice.
Carol by far is one of my greatest
mentors to this day. Carol has had businesses that she has started
from nothing, she works very hard. She had a wonderful enchanted life.
In my eyes, carol is from Canada, she moved to the Bahamas as a teacher
(a very educated woman) she met her husband, moved to the states.
Carol is alive, always wide eyed and excited about everything, she
can make anyone feel special, always handles questions and answers
in a diplomatic manner. She is by far the one person who inspires
me the most. To see her handle any situation is inspiration. She suggests
rather than demands. She achieves along with dreams, she applies a
practical application to the goal she is going after. Mind you she
handles big business with all the charm, grace and sophistication
of Grace Kelly or Jackie O. Carol is in the category of those women,
had I known or met them I am sure I would have liked them and been
grateful to know them as well.
What I retained from Carol Colette
Always do your very best do it with Class Always dress your best,
present yourself with grace and dignity Read learn & ask. Get
the right answers, don't stop till you do. Do not accept defeat, learn
something from it. Work hard Always act like a lady (She is a natural)
keep the childlike quality and amazment that is natural in life Carol
Colette Owns The Daytona Beach Inn, In Daytona Beach Fl. Plus is in
real estate. And only God knows what she will do next. All I know
is I love to watch her go!
Carol Rashid another Beauty professional,
a woman of color who is such an inspiration to me. One of the busiest
women I have ever met. We met on a movie set, I think in Daytona.
She had the makeup and beauty concessions for one of the largest TV
shopping networks around at the time. We became instant friends she
thinks I am a nut. (She's right) Carol has insight and is an inspiration;
her Goal was to create a facility for women going thru chemotherapy,
to renew and recover. She was called to do this business, come hell
or high water. One of the most amazing things about Carol and we have
talked about this much: her Business was based in a backward town,
with people who were afraid (that's the way I put it) of first, people
of color. 2. Women in business. She over came all obstacles in her
path, With Grace and diplomacy. She is always a lady, always bright,
always an inspiration.
She is the goods, as we talk,
she is always there, busy or not to listen & talk things out,
lend a hand or encouragment, with her strong belief in Gods purpose
for us, she just puts blinders on and goes after what she wants. Carol
has over come many obstacles in her life, (none she created herself,
by the way) Carol owns Inner Vision Salon & Spa, Network Beauty
solutions, In Orlando Fl. Only God knows what she'll do next...As
she is led so she does.
Rick lesser, is one more Fashion
& Beauty professional. This is the one person whose calling should
be about writing a step by step manual on "How to Be the Perfect
Friend". I don't know how he does it. Rick takes the time to
listen, he never forgets, he gets things done, he checks in with everyone
on a daily basis. If you want something done right ask a busy person.
Well he is it! I have known him for almost 20 years, He is a constant
source of inspiration, achievement and go get it ness. Rick takes
the time to talk things out. He always says what he means, is careful
how he says things: like he says," I hate to have to apologize,"
we like a lot of my Mentors and people whom inspire me are in the
same business. We pass work around, products, knowledge and love.
Rick is the epitome of Friendship; I think everyone should have a
mentor like Rick; He is an Inspiration to know and a Blessing to have.
A True Friend is a Gift. He is one of my most cherished gifts. Rick Lesser is a stylist in Fort
Lauderdale Fl. He has a product company Faces & Follicles.
Others that I
look up to for inspiration, I don't know them, but what I have seen
& heard is what I like:
- Oprah. She is so educated, does
the right thing with her money, works hard and deserves everything
she has...she has earned it all. An inspiration to all women. Please
bring more Oprahs out in the World!
- Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable
Woman of Grace and dignity. Pure Harmony in
Life, any more said would
be absurd, she is like perfection.
- Barbara Taylor Bradford.. She
writes what I see, and how I see it.
- Niki Joviani Poet, I feel what
- George Carlin, he's all about
truth. Makes me smile
- Big Mike, ThekidfromBrooklyn.com....he
tells it like it is. I bought a Louisville slugger.
Just to remind
myself that there are people who I would like to use it on. besides
makes me smile
- Martha Stewart, she rocks, she
rules the home & business. She works hard and
has earned what
- Sparky the Dog, who is always happy to see me, and is thankful
About the Author
"Virginia Alexander is in the
Beauty Industry, a professional Makeup Artist/ Stylist for Film &
Television. She writes for Magazines, web Zines & Newpapers."