Mentors & Teams: Finding & Evaluating Mentors

Finding a mentor at this stage for you should be easy, because you already know what you want, and have an approximate game-plan as to how to achieve it, or, at the very least, through which means.

So, despite the fact that you are a unique, beautiful snowflake, I'm willing to be that someone has done something, at some time, that is similar... and has been very successful at it.

When you find this person, or persons, immediately pose yourself this challenge:  What can you do for them?  How could you make their lives easier?  What insight could you offer them?

Even something as simple as paying for lunch, or picking up someone's dry cleaning is sometimes enough.  While others may require nearly complete servitude.  Keep in mind, it doesn't matter if someone is a billionaire.  Buying someone lunch is still buying someone lunch.  Its a gesture that shows you appreciate their time.

A note:  World class people of the highest caliber are always looking to serve the world.

If you can not only offer them some form of service, but also show them how them helping you would better serve the world, all the better!

Evaluating your Mentor is simple:

Take out your eulogy, and compare it to what theirs would be if they died within 3 years.  Is it close in ambition? In passion?

The important aspect is:  Is this person someone you want to be LIKE?  (not necessarily "BE", but be LIKE)

For example, someone who is an extremely successful entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering youth through their kayaking program would still be "close enough" for someone who wishes to be an extremely successful entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering youth through their martial arts program.

However, an extremely successful cigarette company CEO might not fit the bill.

Choose your mentors carefully.  Evaluate their life from multiple angles, or, at the very least, selectively listen to their advice based on their reality.

If they are miserable with their wives, but are incredible teachers, business owners and make the world a better place - listen to their advice on marketing, philosophy and influence - but maybe filter out some of their relationship advice.

Remember:  Nobody is perfect.  But everyone is better at something, than you.  Find someone with a large chunk of well-developed pieces of things you want to be better at, and help them out.

If you have a hard time finding this person, ask yourself who the top in the field is, and work your way down to someone you can reach.  Or, find someone slightly better than you and ask them questions until they can't answer you any more, and at some point find out who they go to for advice, and work your way up.

Sensei Ono, Shinka Martial Arts
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