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Have you ever wondered why having a mentor makes a difference in life? Mentors are simply someone who can help guide you along a path in life that you wish to travel. A smart person learns from their own mistakes but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others. Ask yourself which of the previous makes more sense in your life. Do you want to spend time trying to discover what works and what doesn’t or learn from someone who has been there and done that? Personally I rather learn from the actions of others because it results in faster results with less headaches. The key is to seek out the right mentor for what you are trying to accomplish.
Who can be a mentor?
Mentors are not limited to the people who are directly in our lives. One of the best places to find a mentor is your local library or bookstore. If you take the time to look at the biographies of people throughout history you will find thousands of mentors to guide you through life. Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the tough decisions in life? Take the time to read the biographies of former U.S. Presidents to gain insights into what they were thinking when they had to make the tough decisions. You can also find mentors in your local community, look for people who are successful in what you are wanting to accomplish. There are plenty of mentors to guide you along your journey in life to accomplish your goals. The key is to approach these people with honesty and asking for their support. Most people will find it flattering to be asked to be a mentor. No one has gotten to where they are in life without someone along the way to help them get there. You might find yourself surprised at what you can accomplish by simply asking for someone to mentor you.
How to Find The Right Mentor?
Finding the right mentor is not as difficult as it may seem. First and foremost you have to make a list of what you want to learn from someone. If you do not know this part first, then you will not be successful in seeking the right mentor in life. Once you have this list, make another list of the ideal traits that you would like your mentor to have. Remember you want to have someone who is going to tell you what you NEED to hear not what you WANT to hear. Sometimes in life we have to hear things that will help us in the long term but are not the most pleasant things to hear up front. So think carefully here. When you have the traits listed, ask the people in your network of who they know who meets this description. You will be surprised at how many people will be able to help you find exactly who you are looking for simply by asking. Once you have your mentor you are going to embark on an incredible journey of development. Remember having a mentor is not jumping in the fast lane, its about developing a relationship to guide you through the forest of life.
We live in a world where we constantly surround ourselves with connections but how many of these connections are truly developed into true friendships that can be beneficial? The majority of the relationships that we have in our lives tend to be superficial, or ones out of convenience. Ask yourself a simple question, when you had a hard period in your life, how many friends did you reach out to only for them to turn the other way because they didn’t want to deal with it? With the people that turned the other way, how many of them did you take the time to truly solidify the relationship?
How to Solidify the Connection?
Solidifying a connection with someone is a matter of dedicating the time and energy to build a solid relationship with a person. Find out about a persons family, likes, dislikes etc. Your goal is to discover the common interests that you share and find ways to experience them together. The more time and energy we put into the relationships that we form the stronger they become. The key is to focus on the right relationships because not all relationships will be the same.
What is the Right Connection?
The right connection is one that is about giving value first. There are more than enough people in the world who are only interested in taking from others instead of looking for ways to help those around them in some way shape or form. A simple way of doing this is to ask your network who do they need introductions to. The goal here is not always to put in front of someone the next big client or a briefcase full of cash, but find out what is the issue that they are needing help with. Lets say for example you sell insurance and are wanting to get in front of the decision maker at a local business but do not know the owner. Ask your network for an introduction to be made to this person. At same time, look for ways to provide value to your network. It goes back to the expression you get in what you put out. The more value you can provide to your network of connections, the greater the potential return will be.
Simple Steps to Build Connections
Here are some simple steps you can take to build the connections that you have into stronger ones.
- Develop a resource list: On this list write down who the trusted people are in your network for things like roofing, insurance, electricians, chiropractors, Realtors, etc. People are always looking for certain professionals to help them with various things.
- Create a 30 day Calendar. On this calendar make an effort to connect with one person in your network each day to help solidify the relationship. It can be anything from a phone call, coffee, lunch, etc. The important thing is to work on building connections with each person that you connect with during the 30 day period.
- Leverage Social Media. Tools such as Facebook and Twitter make it substantially easier to connect with people with the busy lives that everyone has. The key here is to focus on Quality not Quantity of connections.
- Have Fun. Make it into some sort of a game that you reward yourself at the end. Naturally everyone loves to win at something in life, so why not create a game that you will love winning!
The most important thing when it comes to connections is to ensure that you are being authentic. The world is full of too many people who have lost sight of the real reason for building connections with others and its true important in life. Make the choice to build quality connections and your life will never be the same again.
In today’s roller coaster economy it is more important than ever to develop multiple income streams. Sadly the majority of people in the world rely on a single income source to provide for themselves and their family. Times have changed where no longer do you find the norm for people to work at a company for 30 to 40 years with a pension waiting for them at the end of the journey. Now its up to each and every person to define how they will navigate through life and take care of their families. With people changing jobs more than ever, or people having fluctuating incomes, it only makes sense to have multiple income streams. Are you relying on a single income stream right now for yourself and your family?
What is The Right Amount of Multiple Income Streams?
You will want to have at least two income streams as this will help ensure that if something happens to one your income does not drop to zero. Ideally though you will want to create an income stream for each category of expenses you have in your family. As an example, create an income stream for your mortgage, another one for your cars, another for college education, etc. When you take this approach to creating income you are ultimately creating a team! The stronger your team is the greater the likelihood is that you will succeed in your endeavors. The most important thing is to keep in mind when looking at multiple income streams is to create ones that you are passionate about.
How Do I Choose The Right Combination of Multiple Income Streams?
When choosing to create multiple income streams it is vital that you look at what you are passionate about. When you are passionate about something in life it does not necessarily feel like it is work you are doing. Look at the things you enjoy doing in life for fun. There is a good chance you can turn some of your favorite hobbies into an income stream.
When is the Right Time to Create Multiple Income Streams
There is no better time than the present to create multiple income streams as we don’t know what the future holds for us. There are too many people in the world who thought they were in the most secure job in the world only to find out the next day that they were going to be downsized. Ask yourself are you going to be proactive in taking charge of your future or will you let someone else decide it for you? Make the choice today and decide to create multiple income streams for your future!