How did this guy do it? What does he know that we don’t know?
What do financially successful people have that others don’t have? Gift of gab? Talent? I once heard that a wise man learns from others mistakes and an idiot learns from his own. To take a business from $0 to a $100Ms, you have to have some help along the way. You need a few good examples of people that came before you.
A mentor is only as good as you are willing to heed their advice. Why be so thick-headed that you think you already know how to do something? Unless you have already successfully done it, the truth is you don’t know how. We want to build a $5 million dollar company, we have never done that. We need to find someone who has, then have them mentor us. I want to complete a triathlon. I better get out there and figure out how, and talk to someone who has done it.
We have all done something in our life that can be of value to someone else. Pay it forward. Fastest way to misery is to avoid service, to be nothing but a lesson to people of what not to be.
At some point in our lives we will be an example to someone else. The question is, “Are we an inspiration to that person, or are we that person no one wants to be like?” Be a teacher to someone, guide them through all the mistakes you made so they can avoid making them too.
Pay it forward and support someone to becoming better than you. You will know you did a good job when “the apprentice is now the master.”
Be a blessing in someone’s life, not the lesson.