This One Thing Creates Successful People
No matter where you are in your career arc, you can benefit from this, so look into it and see what a difference the right relationship can make for you.
When you see people at the top of their game, no matter what field they’re in, they probably have this one thing in common.
Whether they’re a world class golfer, a famous director, or an insanely successful businessman, the one thing they probably have in common…
Is they’re all mentors in one way or another.
The mentor-mentee relationship is nothing new. In fact, it’s believed that the concept of mentorship dates back thousands of years – drawing its name from the character Mentor in Homer’s Odyssey.
After that, the concept of mentorship saw a big rise in popularity in the Middle Ages. It was common for professional tradesmen to pass down their skills and experience to an apprentice who benefited from the wealth of knowledge it had taken years to amass.
If there’s so much history in this concept, why then do we feel so strange asking for help?
Even the biggest, most successful people can benefit from having a mentor to turn to, so maybe it’s time to get over feeling strange about it, and start looking for a mentor of our own…
Take Grant Cardone, for example.
Grant is the author of eight best-selling business books, creator of thirteen business programs, and CEO of seven privately held companies, not to mention one of the top social media business influencers in the world.
Not that long ago, he came to sit down with me on the set of London Real.
Grant started from nothing and has since made himself wealthy beyond his wildest boyhood dreams. He founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $1.8 Billion in assets under management.
In addition to his own enterprises, he also travels the world consulting for Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startups and governments on business expansion.
Originally from Louisiana, he’s the model of a self-made man. His father passed away when Grant was very young, leaving the family struggling and Grant looking for a role model who could help him find a way out.
Grant looked to family members, neighbors, teachers, and older business colleagues because he really wanted the guidance and help he knew they could provide.
When no one proved to be suitable early on, Grant decided he’d go it alone no matter how hard it was… but when he made it to the top, he knew he’d help others by providing them with the guidance he’d always wanted.
Now, millions of people look up to him and a select few get direct mentorship. Those who are in close contact with him say it’s change their lives and the way they do business forever.
No matter what industry you’re in, the right mentor can do the same for you, too.
Take The Leap And Become A Mentor
A good mentor will point out your blind spots. No matter how great you think you’re doing, there are always areas to improve upon. The only problem with that is it’s hard to identify our own biggest weaknesses, so we might choose to work on something that’s really not a problem all while ignoring the elephant in the room. The right mentor will redirect you so that you’re putting effort into the things you need to change the most.
A good mentor will always hold you accountable. Sure, you’ll have to actually do the work, and there’s no real consequence if you don’t get it done (unlike with a boss), but just knowing you’ll have to tell someone, “I didn’t get the job done” is often incentive enough to light a fire under you.
A good mentor will provide an impartial ear and act as a sounding board. There are times in everyone’s career where they’re uncertain what to do, and they really feel like they have no one to talk to. When your boss has an obvious bias, your wife just wants you to be happy, and your friends don’t really understand your day to day, a mentor is the perfect person to talk to at that time. They’ll have the perspective and wisdom to help you make the right decision.
Finally, a good mentor will open you up to a world of connections you would otherwise never have. They might take you to events or simply help you network with the people they already know. Either way, this benefit alone is worth taking the time to find a mentor. You never know who will change it all for you – but your mentor is a likely person to introduce you to them.
The Impact of Becoming A Mentor
And these benefits don’t stop when you’ve reached a high level in your career.
If you’ve already achieved a certain level of success, you might consider becoming a mentor to someone else.
You’ll gain fresh insight about your industry, you’ll become a better leader in your own right, and you’ll feel amazing because you’ve had the chance to give back.
There aren’t any good reasons to eschew a mentorship, but there are lots of great reasons to enter into one of your own.
After all, what’s the use in stumbling around trying to figure everything out on your own when you can have a helping hand along the way?
And if you’re the one who’s the experienced professional, what’s the use of gaining all that knowledge and expertise if you have no one to share it with? Why not take the chance to change someone else’s life for the better?
The mentor/mentee relationship can be one of the most rewarding connections you can make.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored