Every successful person has at least one mentor behind them – who believes and supports them from the beginning.
A mentor is the cheerleader who encourages your dreams and the mentor who helps you find your way. When things don’t go well, your patron provides you with a safe and supportive environment. You can trust them with your challenges and frustrations, and rely on them to provide honest, supportive feedback.
Your mentor is your champion – three important roles:
sounding board: A champion provides you with knowledge and advice that refines your vision and goals.
help: A champion believes in, encourages, and often sees potential in you when you have not seen it in yourself.
Accountability: A champion will not let you get off the hook, hold you accountable to your goals and help you get back after you fail.
Sir Isaac Newton understood the concept well when he said, “If I have looked forward it is by standing on the shoulders of infants.” As Newton said, champions are those who allow us to gain perspective and insight from our earlier experiences so that we can see better, ahead.
In my own life, I have benefitted from many long-time champions who have shortened my learning curve and given me a front row seat to learn from my successes and failures. Such access is important for people striving to achieve their dreams, pursue new goals or get back on track. The regular feedback and support given by me has proved invaluable throughout my journey.
Without these mentors, reaching our goals and dreams can be a long, lonely road. It is very difficult to go it alone. Finding your own champion or group of champions can make all the difference when it comes to those inevitable ups and downs of chasing your dreams. Below are four simple tips on how to find you:
Many people ask me how to find a champion, and my answer is, Just ask. In life, we get what we ask for and on which we are ready to act. Do not sit just believing you want to be a mentor or believe it is very difficult to find one. Just try to find one, then ask if they would be willing to give you some time and attention. Chances are you have a list of people in your head right now. Act on it
You will find that most successful people realize that they have achieved success with the help of mentors who helped them By the way, and they usually want to pay it forward. But even if the person you contact says no, why not use their feedback as an opportunity to ask someone in your area of interest to recommend it?
Look for people who are better, smarter and more successful (so far) than you are in your work and life. Look for people who can inspire you. Sometimes it can take time to find a mentor who has surpassed you in terms of age, experience and success. So if you have not yet found the person, look for a colleague or colleague who is simply uncomfortable maintaining the status quo, and is committed to his or her own growth and development. In this example, iron actually accelerates iron.
Be a champion for others
So many successful people have formed a circle of peers, friends and champions who have supported and supported their dreams. Recruit a core group of like-minded individuals who share similar goals and gather them into a monthly support group. When you have trustworthy and supportive people in your life, you become mutual champions for each other. These are the champions who will be there for you during the inevitable peaks and valleys that are likely to advance in your journey.
None of us can do everything on our own. No matter how smart we are, we still need the benefit of other approaches and supportive feedback. Actually, the more champions we have in life, the better. Make it a top priority and start immediately. Take that champion in your life. They will make all the difference!
PEtter Rupert Fusion Education Group is the founder and CEO of a student, a teacher who operates more than 75 Fusion and Futures Academies for grades 6–12 in a classroom environment. A 20-year veteran of the education industry, he opened more than 120 schools and acquired more than 25 others. He has been president and CEO of organizations in the private school, charter school and early education industries, and sat on his local public school board for 5 years. He lives with his family in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. His new book is Aseem: Nine Steps to Launch Your Extraordinary Life. Learn more at peteruppert.com.
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