Have you already achieved that next level of success? Did you have the help of a MENTOR? I want to share with you what I have found that helps to grow my business, become a Mentor yourself and help others!
Mentoring, pass it on
Success is difficult once you get there its very likely you have benefited tremendously by any number of teachers, mentors, encouragers, and high achievers who took the time to share with you ideas and brainstorm concepts, and serve as your advisors or sounding-boards or partners. I have learned that to become a mentor to others and help them achieve can be just as rewarding as myself achieving.
Success isnt always easy and you have to earn it sometimes over years and years of trial and tribulation, over many hard-fought battles of getting to the next level. Some dont make it, ever.
So, if you do stick around long enough to achieve success, let me share something with you: now its your turn to give something back and be a mentor to someone else. Once you have accumulated a lifetime of business and practical experience and a slew of marketing and financial wisdom and insights, dont be greedy! Dont waste all that powerful knowledge by keeping it all to yourself. Take someone whos starting out and give that person the benefit of your hard-won knowledge and expertise. Advise them. Encourage them.
Contribute to their success as others contributed to your own.
There truly isnt a better legacy that you can leave of your business career than doing your part to make it a little easier for the next dreamer. This time, Im not asking you to take my advice. Im telling you that you should give them yours. You have it in you to change lives for the better!
The mentoring relationships in my life as Ive gained more and more business experience have tended over time more towards being a mentor than being mentored. But that doesnt mean I dont still reach out to those who know more and have done more than I have, to ask for their advice, seek their counsel and benefit from their encouragement. I will always have mentors, because Ive gained so much in learning from others that I cant imagine ever not seeking out advice and mentoring from those who can help me along my journey. It just means that today as I have one hand up reaching to someone at a higher level, I often have the other hand reached down to help out the next generation of doers.
And if youve managed to achieve some impressive feats in your business career, Im hoping youll do the same. Remember all those times someone opened a door of opportunity for you, made a key connection for you, explained something difficult so that you could understand it, or taught you how to do what they did so you could get the same results? You have an obligation to pass those lessons on in my opinion. In the world of business that moves at the speed of light, lessons gained over many long hard-fought years of trial and error have a timeless value that only diminishes when you keep them to yourself. The moment you open your mouth to begin teaching others, I assure you, if you keep your ears open, not only will you pass on knowledge to others who will benefit from it greatly and appreciate you greatly for doing sobut Im willing to bet it all that youll learn from those you mentor too. And who knows, you just might impart some of your hard-won wisdom into a few ambitious individuals, rising superstars who go on to do even bigger things in business than you have. Isnt that something to be proud of? Sure, it is from a selfless perspective. But from a purely profit-driven selfish standpoint, too, it makes sense to share your knowledge and mentor others. In my experience, this is among the very best ways to uncover new relationships with potential business allies, strategic partners and lucrative opportunities with other action-takers who understand what youre about, know the value you bring to the table, and are looking to reciprocate in helping you right back as youve helped them.