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Jim Craig’s Last Mentor Craig Patrick

Craig PatrickThe mentor series was created so that our audience could relate to my personal stories and experiences and challenge themselves to become better mentors. To make them stop and think about the important people in their life that have contributed to any success that they have had. Most importantly, to think of what they could do in order to sacrifice for their legacy. A lot of the time when people have success, we tend to forget that we could not have accomplished anything if it was not for the sacrifices, love, and support of those around us. This month’s mentor is Craig Patrick. He is someone that I have always looked up to and was really the first person that taught me what it took to be a true professional in all spectrums of life.

Growing up in a small town south of Boston I was pretty sheltered, especially from the hockey world. My dream was to play in the Olympics and then go on to play in the NHL. I was a small town boy with a big time dream, knowing that the odds were stacked against me. I started practicing my autograph in the third grade and would tell my family that one day I would make it. I was just a kid playing pond hockey with my brothers enjoying the sport itself (people forget how important this is sometimes) and the love of the game. Believe it or not, I never knew about the Bean Pot until I was at Boston University playing in it. I never had heard of Herb Brooks or Craig Patrick. I did not take into consideration the places I would go and the people I would meet before I could come close to reaching any of my dreams. I was pushed mentally and physically in ways that I did not think was possible, by people who pulled greatness out of me and who inspired me. I can confidentially say that if I did not have the gift of Craig Patrick’s mentorship, I would not have been able to compete and be the player Herb Brooks thought I was in 1980.

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Mentor Series: Jim Widmann

Mentor Series: Jim WildmannI make it my mission in life to say thank you and express gratitude to those who have mentored and helped me succeed - as a person, in my business career, and as an athlete. No one truly succeeds alone, and I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to learn from so many excellent mentors along the way.

The key to mentorship is double-sided: The mentor has to be fueled by a desire to give back and to impart their knowledge to others while the mentee needs to be coachable, above all else. My definition of "coachable" focuses on demonstrating a commitment to listening, a willingness to practice new techniques and lessons, and an unrelenting desire to improve. Many times, coachability is not an inherent trait, but instead one that needs to be learned through experience and effort. It takes a willingness to check your ego at the door and to accept that there is always more to learn. Ultimately, if you are willing to make the sacrifices to be coachable, you will often be rewarded with the most valuable lessons that can fuel success in all aspects of life.

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Great Mentor: George "Doc" Nagobads

Dr Nagobads with Jim - Mentor Series

If you watch TV footage of the celebration on the ice after Team USA beat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, you might see a smiling man with white hair give me a big hug.

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