Can I have one McMentor please? Upsized!
We all need them. Whether it is for life or business, having someone who inspires us, has wisdom to share and to guide us is crucial if you want to accelerate growth. But what happens if we have too many of them?
Mentors come in all sizes and shapes. In fact, they are so many out there it’s akin to walking into a restaurant to get a meal of advice. But that is the problem now. Which one do I go with? A quarter pounder from Mcdonalds (love it btw!) or a Pizza from Pizza Hut? And when you walk into a mall (an accelerator) you just feel nauseous because you just gorged on all the advice you can take! Some of us may be familiar with this syndrome as Mentor Whiplash syndrome.
So how do we eat healthy? Pizza once in a way is nice. Some nuggets of gold after a week or two would help but certainly won’t hit the same spot as a pizza. Because different mentors have different perspectives and there is a timeliness to their advice, we face different challenges all time for which we need different grease!
You need to understand where the food comes from and why that restaurant is recommending that meal. Knowing the background of the mentor and why he recommended a certain meal to you would help you see the bigger picture. He may have just found out about the loss leader concept so may just be all about promoting lost leader models to everyone thus would have recommended you to a mc chicken burger ($2dollars here, and I am very sure they are making a profit on that still!). That Mc Chicken may not solve your problem, but understanding why he said that, his thought process, would now help you see things in a different light. But this takes a lot of discipline from the consumer.
So go to every fast food out there. Meet them, speak to them, and chew their food. But only swallow their fries and coke, because that is the only common thing that can make an immediate difference. But leave with knowing why (s)he recommended something. Go back home, ponder, experiment with a combination of various pieces of advice and make something that suits your needs. Because nothing beats a home cooked meal ;)
Hope I made sense! Was starving when I wrote this. Might just rewrite a straight forward post if I get negative feedback haha!