Millionaire Shortcut Lesson: Mentors
A new broom sweeps clean but an old one knows the corners.
The simple fact is that nothing is impossible for the man (or woman), who doesn’t have to do it themselves. A good mentor is better than any school or formal education. A good mentor can increase your level of success by thousands of percent. Mentors give you shortcuts.
The fastest way to achieve tremendous success is simply to copy what other successful people do. Only someone who is tremendously successful can help you achieve success. Everyone else is full of it. Wise men learn from others mistakes, fools by theirs.
Mentors don’t even have to be smart. They just keep making mistakes until there aren’t any left. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all by yourself. Mentors correct rookie mistakes and gaps of ignorance. Mentors compress decades into years, years into months, and months into days.
Mentors give you shortcuts. The first shortcut is avoiding lost time and money. A mentor doesn’t have to tell you a mentor can show you. They give you the answers to the test. Borrowed genius. If you want to go somewhere it's best to find someone who has already been there. Don’t use all the brains you have, use all the brains you can borrow.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. A mentor can shorten up your learning curve by decades and save you millions.
When it comes to making money, you must listen to the people who have made a lot of money. Only someone who has made a lot of money can show you how to make a lot of money. How can someone who has never made any substantial amount of money help you get rich; they can’t. It’s like the blind leading blind.
Nobody gets anywhere they want to get by themselves, we get there because someone helped us. Nobody achieves anything significant without the help of others. This is one of the most important strategies you will ever use. The single greatest strategy for overcoming your lack of know-how, education, talent, and skill while removing the restrictions of your limited financial and physical resources is the opportunity to acquire great mentors.
They have already acquired the specialized knowledge and experience that have propelled them to success. When you want to learn something, it’s important to know that general knowledge is basically useless, only specialized expertise in a narrow subject is worth anything. Having a good mentor is better than any formal education. Mentors possess the skills and ability to take an average person with some desire and ambition from rags to riches.
You must be with people smarter than you; they already know what doesn’t work. Even someone who has failed. Most mentors have failed before. They are battle tested. Wise men learn by others mistakes, fools by theirs.
It also pays to find someone with 20 years of experience in a specialized field, instead of someone who has 1 year of experience repeated 19 times. Like the saying goes: if you think it’s expensive hiring a professional, try hiring an amateur. Time is expensive. Mentors understand the value of compressing time. Mentors know the best formula for maximum results with minimum effort. Time is expensive.
Mentors eliminate fatal business mistakes that waste our time, drain our energy, create legal problems and cost us money. Mentors know that efficiency is one of the most important factors of acquiring wealth. The secret to your success is hidden in your daily routine. Mentors are amazingly efficient.
Mentors know what they are doing. When you know exactly what you are doing you don’t need a large amount of space to operate in; space is expensive.
Trial and error is the slow way; mentors use the fast way, carrying you to tremendous heights of success and wealth not taught in any business school. A teacher can double your success 100% to 1000%. A mentor can compound your success to 1000% to 10,000%. A teacher tells you what works; they teach theory. A mentor shows you what works. There are limits to verbal instruction. Verbal instruction is easy to forget, once you actually do something it’s almost impossible to forget.
They understand the truths and fallacies about getting rich. They understand the first step in making money is not losing it. They understand the second step in acquiring wealth is protecting it.
Mentors are also super achievers. They know the other side of fear is freedom. They know if they don't control their own destiny someone else will. Do you want your destiny controlled by others? Mentors understand there is a price to pay for financial freedom: to do it once. Then they can pass it on to their loved ones and others.
Mentors will challenge you as we will, to allow you to grow, to thrive, to teach you to think differently so you can learn and implement their knowledge in life. Mentors help you reach your potential quicker and show you that your life is one long obstacle, with you as the obstacle. They help you realize that there will be moments when everything goes well, but not to be afraid or over confident because it won’t last long. Death is a problem, everything else is just an obstacle.
Mentors give you a dose of reality. Put things in perspective, when you are too close to see, they give you patience, know what not to do, pull up your weaknesses, they are role models to inspire you. They tell you to aim for the stars and even if you miss you hit the moon.
Finally, mentors give you something else that will become the backbone of your success propelling you from rags to riches…………a billion dollar rolodex. Haven’t you ever noticed that it’s not what you know, but who you know?
You should have a mentor in every single area of your life in which you wish to achieve any extraordinary level of success.