What sets this tiny minority apart from the rest, if I may tell you, is a combination of simple corrective action on steps taken purposefully! The recognition of the unwritten LAW that says ONLY ACTION WINS! The subscription to the PRINCIPLE that says your destiny is in your own hands. The undying determination to answer in the affirmative Brendon Burchards life and death question, Did I Matter? thus winning against all odds!
This tiny minority daily take action to radically reinvent themselves. They swallow their ego induced pride and seek out coaches. They take stock of the trends in the economy and reset the sails of their ship. Based on the information they sift from the deafening noise all around them, they plot strategies to master new skills, tap into rich mother lodes of networks that enable them to skyrocket their impact. All these require uncommon skills, months of learning, toil, trial, sweat and the precise understanding of the fact that knowledge alone is not sufficient and that other ingredients are necessary for success in a massive scale.
You could cut your learning curve by 5 to 10 years if you knew the right person to approach for help, joined the right network and positioned yourself appropriately. I learned this lesson some years back when I heard the billionaire philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, share the story how he moved with not even a wooden spoon in his mouth some 30 years ago, to the position where he has so many golden spoons today, he does not have enough mouth to put them. Tony said his mentor took a chance on him and as the cliché goes, the rest is history. Mr. Elumelu today runs one of the biggest philanthropic endeavors in all of Africa, the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
I decided to check out other billionaires and the biggest achievers, and what I found was indeed a revelation. This is what I found out from my mini-research: Warren Buffet was mentored by the economist, Benjamin Graham, Richard Branson had Freddie Laker as his mentor, Rich Schefren had Jay Abraham as his mentor, Bob Dylan was mentored by Woody Guthrie, Jeff Bezos had David Shaw as his mentor, and Tony Elumelu was mentored by Ebitimi Banigo. It’s also instructive to note that Bill Gates had his back covered by Paul Allen.
The simple lesson is that academic knowledge alone is not enough. If you’re ready to cut your learning curve by five to ten years, learn the appropriate steps to take, hone the requisite skills, and join the type of network that will enable you finish stronger going forward, then put on your running shoes and start scouting for a mentor, used here interchangeably with coach. If you’re ready to start constructing the roadmap that will radically change you, and position you amongst the one percent of top achiever in your own neck of the wood, wake up.
If you’re an expert, author, consultant, speaker, thought leader or an aspiring thought leader and want to reposition yourself in such a way that both individuals and organizations are willing to pay thousands to engage you to help develop and motivate their people at their annual retreats, workshops, conferences, and training programs, get a coach. If you’re ready to learn how to produce blockbuster products and build platforms that people are willing to pay thousands to buy and join, you don’t need to toil for twenty years, until you make it. There is a shorter way. Your mentor will show you the way.
Think about how your life could change if you could manage to position yourself in such a way that organizations would be the ones ordering their purchasing department to “get us that guy”, as Alan Weiss counsels, rather than you going cap-in-hand begging for patronage? Think about how your life could change if you could develop platforms people would be willing to pay you handsomely to be part of? Thousands are annually losing their jobs due to technological innovations and now is the right time to reinvent yourself. You cannot go it alone, you need a mentor, or call it a coach if you like.
The idea of mentorship is so crucial today due to global information overload. How do you sift out the golden nuggets from the terabytes of noise all around you? Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, made the assertion that one needed 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, equivalent to about 10 years, in any field of endeavor, to reach the point of mastery. That may as well be the case if you’re learning a rare skill such as coding, Kung Fu, karate, or kickboxing. Indeed, these rare skills can today be learned by watching and learning from others on YouTube or Google, as the cases of Adilyn Malcolm, Amira Willighagen and Michael Sayman, who learned dubstep, opera, and coding, to the point of mastery respectively, show.
Coaching applies in all fields but it’s particularly critical in areas of self-mastery, thought leadership, and information marketing. Take information marketing. It hardly existed fifteen years ago. Who would pay for ordinary information fifteen years ago, which you could get free from any library? Yet the fastest growing industry in the world today is not banking, oil and gas or telecom, it’s INFORMATION MARKETING. It’s the reason why companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are today the most valuable and successful brands on earth. It’s the reason why Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Huffington, Peter Diamandis, and Brendon Burchard, to mention four, are among the most powerful thought leaders on the planet today. The reason is, whenever there is a paradigm shift, the playing field is reset to zero and the organizations and individuals able to quickly master the new era come up tops. Any wonder Bill Gates is one of the richest persons in the world today, Henry Ford was the richest during the industrial era, and Genghis Khan was the richest during the agrarian era?
In today’s world, advanced, fanciful educational certificates don’t matter much as they used to. Don’t get me wrong, education matters but not a paper certificate. What matters more today is imagination. What matters are the skills you’re able to hone! What matters is your ability to master the secret of the new world that is evolving at a mind boggling speed. Technology has leveled the playing field so anybody can join in, whether you’re a graduate fresh from school or you’re a veteran who has been on the job for 25 years with battle scars all over your body. Your mentor will be able to help you figure most of the things you need out.
If you’re ready to break free starting now, you need a knowledgeable mentor in the area of your interests who can show you how the world works. Don’t expect a quick fix. There is no miracle involved, only hard work, striving, and the willingness to hop unto the road less traveled. If you’re ready and willing to pay the price to earn the ultimate prize, don’t wait, enlist a mentor today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You see, if you don’t change the way you live your life, the only thing you’ll unfortunately get at the end of the day will be regrets. No one wants regrets. Everybody craves to be better, richer, and healthier, but only action can guarantee that your wishes don’t remain just that, unfulfilled dreams! Get a selfless mentor today and break free from the crowd.