Tonight’s quote is in a different, more personal vein. Normally I speak on the ideas and concepts of “famous” or “highly-influential” members of society, dead or alive. Yet, the most important words are spoken by people who are not in the public eye, rather by those who we often interact with in our daily lives.
Just last June, I began following my current mentor JT McGibbon on Facebook. His words would prove vital in encouraging me to move on from my previous business and finally take charge of my life. I found real value in the message he delivered and eventually noticed that I’d taken on some of his mannerisms in my own voice. He spoke of his struggles in such a way that made my own circumstances seem far less damning. His words brought inspiration to a young man who otherwise would have been consumed by depression and likely desperation.
I was a regular viewer of tons of inspirational content, but JT’s, exclusively, came from the most “humble” perspective. Unlike Gary Vaynerchuck, Ryan Stewman and Joe Polish, vastly successful marketing experts who I had grown to idolize, his thoughts connected with mine on a more empathic level.
Though I’m certain I would have found my way somehow, JT has played a vital role in guiding me through the immense struggles I’ve faced over the past several months.
We have all heard the saying ‘To get money you have to spend money’. But most people think of this in the literal terms of money/dollars.
Its really about finding ways to give to others to help them succeed. This can be in time, talent, connections, advise, promotion, etc. This is the best way to connect in a real way with people (and level up your relationships).
The more you give without expectation of return, the more you will end up getting back in unexpected ways. When you lift others up, provide value to their lives, you begin to flow in abundance and blessings.
Try finding opportunities to look for other businesses and entrepreneurs and figure out a way to give them some value and NOT be looking for something in return.
I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.
Houselessness, depression, living from your car or struggling to manage debt while discovering a business plan that works for you — all problems that someone has faced before. The best way to solve a problem is to get advice from a person who has already successfully found the answer.
Sure, at a point I spent my last dollars on a 1 on 1 coaching session with JT, but the lessons I’ve learned with him have already proven their value, several times over. After getting so much knowledge from the guy for free (including a 30-minute call where he solved AT LEAST 5 of my most demanding problems), I can’t think of anything I would rather have spent my money on at the time.
If you can’t afford to pay someone, there are plenty of mentors who will offer some advice for free.
I’m one of them.
So no matter your occupation or industry, go find your mentor. Then, when you have the opportunity, start mentoring people yourself.
You can save lives, and I promise you won’t regret it.
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