Susan L Combs, author of “Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide for Slaying Dragons,” is known for her impactful “Syrup For Life” talks that bring the lessons from her book into applicable forms for her audience. These talks combine fun and educational elements while delving deep into thought-provoking and heartfelt discussions. The book itself is divided into four sections: Self, Love, Family & Career, and the talks draw lessons from each section, elaborating on stories from the book and providing guidance on how to incorporate these lessons into various aspects of life.
When capturing the essence of her father in the book, Combs embarked on a healing and grieving process after his passing. As she managed her father’s estate and continued his legacy, she reflected on his words of wisdom shared throughout her life. Writing the book became a gift to herself, allowing her to share her father’s teachings with others. She believes that if you receive good advice, it is your duty to share it because it can potentially help others as well.
Personally, Combs has accomplished significant milestones in her life. As the youngest person ever to serve as National President of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), she achieved a professional accomplishment at an early age. Additionally, she was recognized as the first female Broker of the Year by BenefitsPro magazine. As the owner of a brokerage firm in New York City, she has also established herself as an Expert Witness on Medical Malpractice, Construction, and Workers Compensation litigation. Furthermore, she advocates for veterans navigating the VA claims and appeals process, working closely with the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic and organizing an annual fundraiser for them.
The relationship between a daughter and her father holds great significance in Combs’ life. She recognizes the impact of this unique bond and shares stories in her book that reflect her father’s character and values. Through these stories, she hopes to inspire others and impart valuable lessons.
In “Pancakes for Roger,” Combs offers highly impactful nuggets that can help individuals improve their own lives. She emphasizes the importance of being present and open to advice, even if one has not experienced significant personal loss. Each vignette in the book is designed to resonate with readers at different stages in their lives. Combs encourages readers to take what speaks to them and discard the rest, as everyone’s journey is unique.
As a successful businesswoman, Combs advises individuals facing challenges to surround themselves with the right people and foster peer-to-peer mentorship relationships. She believes that having supportive peers who truly understand and challenge you can be more effective than traditional mentorship. Combs draws on her Midwestern upbringing and her two decades in New York City to shape her insights and teachings. She believes in embracing one’s past and using personal experiences, whether painful or not, to inspire and uplift others.
Some key teachings from her late father that have profoundly impacted Combs’ life and approach to challenges include the concept of three major aspects: the person you are with, the place where you live, and the thing you do for a living. If one is happy with at least two out of three aspects, they are doing just fine. Another important lesson is to surround oneself with supportive people who understand them and to choose work that aligns with their passions.
Combs’ professional background includes being the President of Combs & Company, a full-service insurance brokerage firm in New York City. She founded the company at the age of twenty-six and has built it on the principle of “Do more, better.” Combs also held the position of National President of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) from 2014 to 2015. Her expertise in health insurance has made her a sought-after expert witness, advisor, and speaker. Despite her success, she remains true to her Midwestern roots and actively supports various causes, including the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic.
In conclusion, Susan L Combs’ book and talks offer valuable insights and guidance for personal and professional growth. Drawing from her own experiences and the wisdom imparted by her late father, Combs inspires readers to navigate life’s challenges with resilience, humility, and a commitment to personal growth.
By: Daedrian McNaughton