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Who Are Your Mentors?

February 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 107

I spent some time recently thinking back on my successes in life and took notice, not one accomplishment was solely based off of my efforts alone! How about you? Are there successes achieved in your life that only you made the contributions too? Or, are there people out there that deserve some credit for mentoring you?

Most of us wear many different hats, handling many irons in the fire all at once. If you have limited yourself to one mentor (or none at all), you are limiting yourself!

As daunting a task as identifying a mentor may seem, I believe we should have a mentor guiding us in all critical areas of our lives. People typically seek out mentors in regards to their career paths. While this is wise, one is not enough. There are multiple areas in which we need growth and accountability: career, financial, spiritual, intellectual, family, physical and social. Life is enough of a struggle on our own. As much as I enjoy the characters of John Wayne and Rambo, that is exactly what they are; characters on screen. We are not designed, nor are we asked, to handle life on our own. Of all the resources I have had the privilege to read, not one of them defines a man's or women's statue by "how many problems they are able to solve on their own."

Do you want to shorten the learning curve of what lies before you? Would you like to minimize the impact of the hurdles you will be facing? If your answer is yes, then I encourage you to seek mentors...

Some benefits of being mentored are:

It is wiser to learn from the mistakes of others than to repeat them ourselves.

Mentors know what questions need to be asked.

They help us avoid the trial and error method of learning.

They help to hold us accountable and focused on our original intention - the goals at hand.

Mentors expose us to different perspectives.

They identify skill gaps.

Mentors understand the milestones we overcome and celebrate.

They help us see what we ourselves currently don't see.

Mentors are knowledgeable about the sources of opportunities and pitfalls.

They help to rejuvenate feelings of self-worth.

Mentors provide constructive feedback.

My wealth in life is not measured by my level of intellect (fortunately for me), it is measured and accumulated by those whom I surround myself with.

If after reading the above benefits, you realize that there is someone in your life who makes a significant difference acting as a mentor, please take fifteen minutes this week to compose and send a handwritten "thank you" note.

I realize we live in a world of great technology, but the human spirit still celebrates and appreciates the human touch.

February 26th, 2012

David L. Washco Washco Consulting

Exceptionalism doesn't have to be a trait you're born with, it can also be what you're capable of accomplishing with the talents you posses.

One of the most sought after business development consultants in the Carolinas, his competitive edge, a "black belt" in business, has resulted in enhanced corporate profits and productivity for over 15 years. Particularly effective in a group dynamic, David combines passion and physical strength to make him one of the most impactful and unique motivational speakers in the area.

David is particularly adept at establishing consultative relationships with customers and prospects to develop sales of products by researching and resolving customer challenges. His foundation for success is simple: "Listen well. Then ask the right questions." Assisting you in reaching your goals or your potential is his top priority. Increased profitability and long-term success are the by-products.

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