The most important lessons your mother can teach you

She taught you how to tie your shoes. More than likely sat in the passenger seat when you first reverse-parked. Indeed, she's a brilliant teacher.

But what's the most important lesson you've learnt from your mum?

A bunch of Australia's brightest took a moment to reflect on the ultimate lessons they've learned from the number one woman in their lives.

A model of compassion

Being raised by a single mum gave international model and activist Jarrod Scott a strong vision for the kind of man he wanted to be. From fronting global luxury campaigns to saving the Great Barrier Reef, mum Annette is a perpetual source of wisdom, no matter how significant his career highs.

"Mum always gives me great advice and is constantly teaching me lessons no matter how old I get. From my Mum I've learnt compassion, empathy and patience," he offers.

As Scott jets from one city to the next, Annette's ongoing dedication is never far from his mind.

"I remember Mum would wake up and get my brothers and I ready to take us to school and then drive herself to University where she would study, and then drive back to pick me up and take me to footy training…she'd drive about 350km a day, which is huge!"

Peace, love and personal style

For one of Australia's most-loved womenswear designers Alice McCall, it was her mum Niamh who inspired her to celebrate her identity through the way she dressed.

"…It wasn't so much the advice she gave me, but more so her unique, free-spirited attitude towards fashion. This resonated with me growing up and has taught me to develop my own personal style and identity through clothes."


Now a mother of two herself, McCall is grateful she was always encouraged to use clothing as a means of self-expression, particularly in those formative years when she was finding her place in the world.

Beneath the surface

While Olympic medallist Cameron McEvoy attributes much of his success in the pool to his family's support, there's a far deeper significance to his relationship with mum Janine.

"She taught me the need for critical self-reflection and to recognise the parts of yourself that need to burn off like deadwood in order to grow," he shares.

Amidst all the medals and world records, Janine is committed to helping McEvoy realise his potential not just as an athlete, but as a human.

"That I have an intrinsic value that I can offer to the world, and if done right, maybe it can help my family, friends, a stranger, or humanity move in the right direction."

Good as gold

Goldsmith by trade with a sixth sense for all things eclectic, Lucy Folk offers that her mum Annie's adventurous spirit has shaped her career as the founder and creative director of her global lifestyle brand

"I would not have studied gold and silversmithing if it weren't for my Mum. Her friends told me about a short course in jewellery she had just completed, and it inspired me to give it a go... I haven't looked back," she reflects.

From a whirlwind trip to Guatemala, to a love for interiors, Lucy and her mum share that vivacious spirit characterising every pair of earrings, socks and sunglasses she designs. But what's the most important lesson she's learnt from Annie? It's a simple but important one.

"To have nice manners and be polite."

Song of the heart

Monte Morgan of indie-pop duo Client Liaison still thinks of his mum Genevieve when he picks an outfit for the day ahead. From sequins on stage, to crushed velvet at the ARIAs, Genevieve's guidance helped him cultivate a unique style identity.

"My mum taught me to be true to myself no matter what others think," he offers.

And the song that best describes her?  '(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson,' he adds.

The duo's other half, Harvey Miller, says that his mum Annie taught him "to do whatever you want in life, as long as it makes you happy."

Miller's wit and refreshing perspectives have invigorated Australia's music and style scenes. Little wonder Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy is the song that best describes Annie's impact on him.

Bloom and grow

From curating floral masterpieces, to publishing books, and creating a fragrance collection, the past few years have been rather eventful for Grandiflora's Saskia Havekes. If it wasn't for her mum Louise's support however, she wouldn't have been able to dedicate the long hours required to floristry while juggling a family.

"My mum has shaped my daughters lives, which in turn has shaped my career. I have always had her eye on me…her ability to notice every detail is frustratingly beneficial," she reflects.  

No matter how much pressure Havekes is under, she always has a smile on her face. Louise's wisdom remains front of mind:

"Always be compassionate. Care, kindness and understanding is the only way to save the wold and make the best life possible."