On November 10th, Erin and I attended a presentation on Leadership Through Self Discovery & Vulnerability. The presenter was Elizabeth Lenherr, the Director of Learning and Development at Advisors Excel in Topeka. The books she centered her presentation on were Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" and Brene Brown's "Daring Greatly."
During the discussion at the end, a gentleman offered a simple rule of divvying your time among mentees, friends, and mentors. He cited Tai Lopez as the source for this inspiration. The idea is that you should be spending about a third of your time each with
- Those who you can mentor, educate, or inspire in life
- Your peers, friends, and co-workers, or those on your same level
- Those who are far superior than you in areas that you want improvement
These fit perfectly into three of my five areas of philosophy: contribution, relationships, and growth. (Passions and health are the other two).
In reflection on my own personal growth, I've come to realize that mentors are what is missing in my life.
So, what am I going to do about it?
- Identify the areas in my life where I want some serious growth.
- Find some individuals that are far superior in those areas identified in 1.
- Find a way to get past my extreme independence and the mentality that I can do anything or figure anything out on my own.
- Reach out to them with a email, phone call, or a face-to-face interaction.
The first time I typed that up, I skipped what is now number 3. I sat there and pondered the list without the current number 3 and tried to figure out why something so simply put was not so simple.
I first have to admit and embrace where I am deficient before I can get better.