As human beings, we feel good when we’re growing and becoming a better version of our self. It feels good when we’re taking action and seeing the positive effects it has on the people around us. Stagnation, even in a happy state, leaves us feeling unfulfilled. Therefore, we must continually seek out ways to improve and grow as people – and this requires having a good mentor.
What is a good mentor?
This is someone who will push you to reach your full potential. He or she helps you make informed decisions about your career, business and/or financial goals. The right one acts as a sounding board, becomes your voice of reason, holds you accountable, and continually helps you raise the bar.
Think of it this way… We’re like plants. A plant must grow, or it dies. A plant always grows away from the shade and toward sun.
The sun is like a good mentor. We use its resources and continually grow toward it. Although we will never be just like the sun, we learn and grow from our mentor and become a leader in our own way.
Finding one of my mentors…
I remember when I found my mentor, Brian Tracy. Just starting out in my business, I attended a seminar with several speakers. I actually attended the seminar to see a speaker other than Brian Tracy and didn’t even know who he was at the time. The seminar seemed cheesy to me. I wasn’t able to relate to any of the speakers. I had mentally checked out. Then, Brian Tracy spoke. I felt as if the whole auditorium wasn’t there and he created his message that day for me. I was ready to hear it. His message that day changed my life.
When starting out in my business, I did not have the opportunity to work with Brian Tracy directly; he was my mentor from afar. A mentor doesn’t have to be someone you become friends with and interact with on a daily basis. It’s simply someone you can learn and grow from.
You will have more than one mentor. Ideally, you should have three: one in business, life practices, and relationships. You may even find yourself needing a mentor in other areas as well, such as in spirituality or fitness.
Even though you may be learning from someone from afar, the right mentor will help you grow in so many ways. Keep reaching toward the sun and finding ways to continually grow and develop into the person you are meant to be.
You can even start with a mastermind group! Seek out people and practices that cause you to aim high and stay accountable.