What did your mom teach you about leadership?
Jim Rowley, Crunch Fitness CEO, sat down with TheStreet to talk about what his mom taught him when she was alive.
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Katherine Ross: I know that Mother's Day is coming up. So I want to ask you, Jim, what did your mom teach you about leadership? How were you prepared, also through your marine career, for becoming a CEO?
Jim Rowley: Yes, that's an interesting question. Unfortunately, my mother passed at the age of 40. I was 23. My mother had me and my twin brother when she was 17. And, you know, although that was only a short period that I had with her, 23 years, the leadership was indelible. The teachings have stuck with me for my life, namely courage. You know, riddled with cancer, surviving the best she can, taking an opportunity to speak to each of her children before her passing and me as the oldest, she sat with me and she told me what her vision for my life would be and what the expectations would be, what she thought of my capability in terms of what was possible and that courage, and that commitment to me to just ingrain that in my brain. Again, I was a young man in my early 20s. I'd returned from the Marine Corps to care for her during the final months of her illness. Just the time that she took, the courage that she demonstrated, the pride that she demonstrated in her family. Even the fact that my mom as a high school senior, 17 years old, nine months pregnant with twins, she walked at her graduation with her cap and gown. And you know, some people might say, "Oh, what kind of person gets pregnant in high school," and I don't look at that. I look at the person who was courageous enough to walk in front of the student body and grab her diploma pregnant with twin boys in the 1960s. So to me that was one of the first things that I remember that demonstrated her courage and her ability to live her life on her own terms.
Katherine Ross: I appreciate you sharing that with us.