Who is your Mentor? The more I study successful and happy people. the more I learn the importance of Mentors. It is simply amazing the number of top industry, political,entrepreneurs, sales people, athletes and the like who credit mentors for showing them the way. I would have to fault myself in this area. All to often I forge ahead without the invaluable help of a mentor. This is something I will be working on.
But, just what do mentors do? And what if you don’t have ready access to a mentor?
Definition of mentor
Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person. A trusted councilor or guide.
Origin of mentor
Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to
Mentor comes from the literature of ancient Greece. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home fighting and journeying for 20 years. During that time, Telemachus, the son he left as a babe in arms, grew up under the supervision of Mentor, an old and trusted friend. When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor and they set out together to learn about his father. Today, we use the word mentor for anyone who is a positive, guiding influence in another (usually younger) person’s life.
For our purpose “A trusted councilor or guide” is the key. I encourage you to reach out and ask those who have accomplished what you aspire to help you. As for their advice. Ask them to be a mentor. The worst they can say is no, and which point you’re no worse off than before. I imagine it’s more likely they will share what they know to various degrees. Remember, flattery get you anywhere. Side benefit- CONNECTIONS. A good mentor can make introductions and open doors that otherwise would be closed to you. Yes indeed- I need to improve on this asap!
One helpful idea is what I call “virtual” mentors. That is when you seek out the works and teachings of others. Fortunately, many successful people have written books, published essays, produced course work, and now even run podcast and u-tube channels. These are exceptional ways for you to virtually adopt a mentor by absorbing there teachers. This is an area I have excelled in, as a voracious consumer of self development courses and a habitual reader of books by leaders. Brian Tracey, Bob Proctor, Zig Zigler, Tony Robins and my all time hero Jim Rohn are some of my best mentors. I encourage you to implement and expand the usage of mentors.
Please let me know who your mentors are and any success stories you can share.
Jim Rohn, One of my virtual Mentors
Here are 20 top quotes from my MENTOR JIM ROHN:
- “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
2. “How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness.” (One of my favorites – imagine, studying happiness! Now that’s a thought!)
3. “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”
4. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
5. “Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” (One of my favorites– and similarly success is a few disciplines repeated every day!)
6. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
7. “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.”
8. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” (One of my favorites)
9. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
10. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” (One of my favorites)
11. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (One of my favorites)
12. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
13. “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”
14. “Asking is the beginning of receiving. I ask for all kinds of things. Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.”
15. “Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.”
16. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
17. “Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.”
18. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”
19. “No one else ‘makes us angry.’ We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude.”
20. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” (One of my favorites)