Who are you learning from?
Predicting Your Future
A few years ago, one of the best advice I learned was:
Where you will be 5 years from now will be determined by:
1) Your self development (books you read, audios you listened to, seminars you attended)
2) The people you meet and spend time with
3) The places you have traveled
When I first heard it, I thought this was one of the most amazing things that was ever taught to me… it basically breaks down life into 3 simple rules. If you want success, you have to make a daily devotion to learning and to be very picky with who you decide to spend time with. Unfortunately, this was never taught to us in school!
How to Learn FAST!
Often we rely on “experience” to teach us our lessons; however, experience is a way to learn but NOT always the best teacher. It is true that our experience teaches us some painful lessons and we learn from our mistakes that we will never forget, however, it is a SLOW way to learn. What I mean by that is… if you never did something, then that means you never had the experience and you will never learn…
Instead, the fastest way to learn is to commit yourself to self development. That is the FASTEST way to learn since you will learn about situations and know about them in advance so that you know what to do when you encounter it. That is why reading and meeting new people is SO important. Self development is the SHORTCUT to learning. You can even say it as “it is a shortcut to success.”
3 Different Types of Mentors
Self development is one of my favorite topics and something that I can go on and on about… but today I just want to share with you an early mentor that helped me towards the path of this success.
I consider myself as having 3 DIFFERENT TYPES of Mentors:
1) Mentors that I see and talk to frequently
2) Mentors whom I met only once but they had such a profound influence from that 1 meeting that I still remember the lessons learned today
3) Mentors who are authors of books and audios that impacted me
Meeting an Old Mentor for the First Time
Recently I finally met a mentor that I have had since 2005.
His name is Tom “Big Al” Schreiter and he has written books and produced numerous audios on the network marketing business.
I first encountered his works back in Jan 2005 and his audios helped me view aspects of my business in a different perspective. (And often, a different perspective or philosophy is all we need to motivate us or to inspire us). 7 years later, I finally met Tom “Big Al” Schreiter. He was in Los Angeles giving a workshop and when I found out he was speaking, I had to make the time to finally go see him live and also to thank him for “mentoring” me all these years.
The funny thing was that I discovered that “Big Al” in life was NOT THAT BIG! His name has always been “Big Al” and I had always imagined him being one of those big Texans that stand 6′ 6″ tall and 300 pounds… but he turned out to be shorter and smaller than me!
Anyway, it was a highlight to finally have met him. We had a great training session and afterwards he took us all out to pizza where I got to know him better.
A good question to ask yourself today is, who are YOUR mentors? Who are you learning from?
Don’t rely on experience… experience is a slow learner!
P.S. If you need a mentor in life, Contact Me and let me know and I will do my best to help you.