In our quest for success, many of us miss a critical step in fast tracking success.
The secret to fast tracking success is find a mentor who has already done what you propose to do. The right mentor can shave years off the learning curve we must all go through.
As a young man I was fascinated by martial arts. It started with my first Bruce Lee movie. Seeing Bruce dispose of his opponents so swiftly and elegantly more than impressed me. I was literately shocked to see what the human body was capable of. So I set out to learn.
Growing up in Brooklyn NY in a household of only my sister, Mom and Grand mother, we didn’t have much money. Getting formal lessons and attending a school was out of the question.
But my inquisitive mind wouldn’t allow me to abandon the quest to learn. Instead, I did what I thought was the next best thing. I went to the library to read about martial arts. I spent many hours at the library reading books on Karate and Kung fu.
I emulated the poses I saw in the books. I attempted the strikes as best as I could from simply seeing pictures. I did the best I could under the circumstances.
I remember the first time I actually took my first formal Karate class . Totally new experience. I remember thinking, “man I had this all wrong.” That was my beginning in understanding the power of having a LIVE MENTOR.
Mentor-ship: The fast track to success
In looking back at my life and my different journeys throughout life. I remember stubbing, falling, banging my head, and flat out failing, numerous times, simply because I attempted to learn things on my own.
I also recall the ease and elegance of learning things by following the guidance of someone who has done what I was looking to do. The experience was completely different. Yes, of course there was a learning curve. But the curve was a lot less. The time required to pick up the skill was a lot less. The entire experience was much better in every way.
Ultimately, mentoring, especially with a personal one on one mentoring, you develop the skill much faster. Mentoring is the secret fast track to success.
It’s your time to shine!