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August 16, 2023

You're Never Too Good For A Mentor

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The renowned philosopher Socrates has a quote that goes “The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know”. Ask anyone who’s a leader in their field about their understanding of how things work, and you’ll hear humility in their voice. The more you learn about something, the more you realize how little you know and see how many things there still are to learn.

This is an interesting paradox because these thought-leaders know so much, and that mentality is better fitting for someone who is just beginning to learn about something. But that’s the beauty of perspective - You don’t know what you don’t know, and once you know better than you can be and do better.

So as it pertains to our expansion and growth, it points to one core truth. It’s endless. There is always more to pursue and explore. Again, with this extra perspective, the most successful people in the world are the people who embrace this understanding and do something about it.

That’s why I believe this to be true - You’re never too good for a mentor. There will always be someone who either has been where you want to go, or is at the same level as you but sees it from a different angle. In either case, it serves you to enlist the support of someone else to support you in your progress.

This elaborates into another interesting observation… The most successful people have the most coaches. The people who are in the best position to help others get more help themselves than those that they support. Isn’t that interesting? 

For example, I coach a number of people, yet I have 3 coaches myself. And each of my coaches has more than 3 coaches… This ought to teach you something. You’re never so good that you don’t need help. The trend suggests that the better you get, the more help you need. 

So whether it’s from a coach or a mentor, the pathway to accelerating your growth and progress is by piggybacking on the knowledge and experience of others. So if you’re really serious about improving in any area of your life, enlist the support you need and you’ll get there so much faster, and you’ll gain the awareness that you can go further than you realized was possible.

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