Discover the leadership behavior that will empower you to generate extraordinary results at home and at work.
Have you ever wondered what specific leadership behaviors allow highly successful people to achieve the seemingly impossible?
What is it that gives them that edge over others, and allows them to generate extraordinary results personally, professionally and in the world?
You may think they’ve achieved the level of success they have because they work really, really hard.
This is not the case.
Or, you may think that achieving success is based on luck – being in the right place at the right time, for example. This isn’t true either!
In fact, the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca once said: “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”
So, what is the specific leadership behavior that empowers some people to achieve such incredible results in life?
All highly successful people know that if you want to be successful at anything – be it your career, business, relationship, or any other worthy endeavor – it’s essential to have a skilled mentor in your corner.
As famed entrepreneur Richard Branson says,
“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road.”
Highly successful people have a habit of actively seeking out, learning from and applying the experience and wisdom of others who have gone before them.
So what’s the best way for you to find a mentor?
I’ve been fortunate to have had several important mentors throughout my life.
How did I find my mentors?
I looked for people who had achieved the level of success I desired, and who were willing to share with me how they’d done it.
Who do you admire personally or professionally that you would love to learn from?
You may have someone top of mind that you’d like to be mentored by, or it may take you some time to let the thought percolate before you begin to generate some ideas.
Once you decide on someone you’d love mentorship from, call them up and ask if you can take them out for coffee or for lunch.
Let them know you have some questions about how they came to be where they are in life, and you’d love a bit of their time. In most cases, the person you ask will agree to meet with you!
Think that’s too simple of an answer? That may be a paradigm creeping up inside you, so I’d challenge you to really ask yourself this question:
“What is one thing I can do to move me in the direction of my dream?”
Just. One. Thing.
No matter how small or seemingly insignificant, what is one thing could you do today (and then actually do!) to move you towards your dream?
That one step is one more step closer to your dream than anyone else is, and hear me when I say, no one cares as much about your dream than you. So think about your one thing, and do it!
Now after that, once you have the initial meeting with your potential mentor, if what they share with you is something that resonates with you, ask them if they’d be comfortable with meeting you for coffee or lunch from time to time to discuss your ideas or challenges.
My first mentor: Jack Boland
Here’s a few words about the beginning of my mentor relationship with Jack Boland.
So my first mentor, I didn’t really find this man until I’d already been studying transformational teachings for over a decade. I’d gone to a seminary, I got a master’s degree in counseling psychology and I was doing my own work in the world, but not as successfully as I wanted to. I knew if I really wanted to break through my paradigms and constriction around the results I could have, I needed to work with someone who was producing results way more than then I’d been doing. I knew I needed to someone who understood the invisible laws of success, and I wanted to work with somebody who actually cared about me and my results and I found my first mentor and I enrolled in my first mentoring program with him.
Also, not only do successful people seek out mentors, they also mentor others who are a step or two below them on the ladder.
Once you’ve achieved some of your personal or professional goals, I encourage you to pay it forward. If you’re approached by someone looking for a helping hand, go ahead and agree to meet with them, and support them in the same way that you were supported.
In this way, we all grow and learn from one another, and the cycle of mentorship continues!
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And now, here’s a question for you…
Have you ever asked someone for feedback and if so, what did you learn about yourself? Go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you ??????
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