When people ask me how I got started and how I’ve been able to reach the next level in my motivational speaking career, it always comes down to mentorship. I honestly, 100% believe that I am where I am today because of the gifts that God gave me and because off the people He put in my life. Everything that we’ve been given in our lives has been given to us through someone else. I met my wife through mutual friends. I landed speaking gigs and jobs because people have recommended or referred me. The relationships that we build every single day play a significant role in our success. I consistently strive to seek out people who are better than me, more experience than me, and have messed up more times that I have so that I can learn from their mistakes instead of having to make my own. There’s no such thing as a self-made millionaire. Successful people know how to build genuine relationships, network effectively, and put people first. It is the relationships that launches you to the next level.
If you do not currently have a mentor, someone who is more experience in your particular field than you are, who is willing to teach you and show you the ropes, that is your mission for the week. Trust me on this one: connecting with a mentor could be one of the most impactful decisions you make for your growing business. Here are three ways to get started.
Speak It Into Existence
Nobody is going to know that you are actively seeking out and mentorship relationship unless you tell them. Tell a few trusted friends, family members, and colleagues that you are looking for a mentor to help guide you through your professional journey. Chances are, you already know somebody who knows somebody that would be more than willing to help you.
A good mentor will sometimes tell you things you don’t want to hear. Their honest and constructive feedback is designed to help you grow both professionally and personally. Be open-minded to their opinions and advice, and be willing to accept their input, even if it hurts. If your mentor is continually telling you how great you are and what a boss you are, they’re probably not your mentor; they’re probably your friend.
Be One First
Even if you are relatively new to the industry, there is probably someone who is newer to the game than you. Keep an eye out for people who look like they may need a little guidance, and gently offer wisdom or advice. The key word here is gently. Make sure that the person you are mentoring actually wants to be mentored before offering your words of wisdom. One of the best ways to solidify your understanding of a particular topic is to teach it to somebody else.
Mentorship is such an important aspect for me, both professionally and personally. So important in fact, that I decided to write a book about it. I spent the last couple of months digging deep into the power of mentorship, leadership and how they impact next level success.
I hope for this book is that readers will begin to understand not only the importance of finding a mentor, but being one as well.