Mentors and Noise

Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, small minds talk about people.

— Eleanor Roosevelt —

I got word a couple of days ago that a friend had passed away.

Actually, he was more than a friend. He was a mentor of mine when I was in the early stages of recovery from my addiction disorder.

I sent him a text several days earlier thanking him for everything he had done for me. The two of us hadn’t interacted much over the past few years for no other reason than we were each doing our own thing. But when we ran into each other it was like we had never been separated.

Last week I had lunch with a business mentor.

Actually, we served as each other’s mentor almost twenty years ago but he gave me more wisdom back in those days than I ever could have given him.

After catching up on our families, we spent the majority of our time mentoring each other.

I felt invigorated after that lunch…I’m guessing he felt the same.

Two days ago I downloaded the latest book from my favorite audio mentor, John Maxwell. IMO…his latest writing, “The Leader’s Greatest Return,” is his best to date.

John mentors me while I’m exercising.

My point?

We don’t get better by mentoring ourselves or hanging out with people who only discuss things and other people.

We get better by seeking mentorship from those with whom we can gain valuable insight.

Who is mentoring you these days?

Hopefully, it’s not the news. 🙂

Proverbs 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.


Leave a Reply