Become A Giraffe Part 1

Why Successful Business Leaders Need Mentors

1. It’s logical. As the saying goes; if you feel tall, it’s probably because you’re standing on the shoulders of giants (or it could be you’re actually a Giraffe). Using mentors shaves years off the learning curve; so why wouldn’t you find as many as you can and soak up their existing knowledge and lessons learned?

2. It’s proven. The fact is we all need mentors. A quick Google will show you that there are multiple ‘twin’ studies that show that people who have mentors are eminently more successful than those that don’t.

3. It’s defined. A mentor is “an experienced and trusted adviser”. In other words, someone who has already done what you want to do, and has experience in it (sidebar – discover how coaching is defined differently from mentoring).

4. We learn by osmosis. It is said that you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. So, if you spend your time with Giraffes, yep, you catch my drift.

5. Starting from scratch is just silly. You want to achieve something that someone else (probably many other people) has already achieved. Sure, you’ll add your own flavour to it, and if you’re really smart, you’ll have a micro-niche that they didn’t; but principally speaking; you’re going to do the same thing they did; so why on earth would you start from scratch? Especially given the accessibility we all have to information in this age, just take what others have done; learn from it; use it; and build upon it (of course it’s customary to credit their work if you use it directly).

So to summarize. Giraffes are tall, and from their great height, their view of the world is much broader than ours down here on the ground. You can become a Giraffe (metaphorically speaking) by procuring mentors who already stand tall, and have seen the place you want to go. Simple really.

COACHING QUESTIONS – You can do these in your head, on a piece of paper, or even leave a comment below.

1. Who do you know who has successfully achieved the one thing you too want to do? What types of things could they know that you don’t yet know?

2. With which five people (or animals?!) do you you spend the majority of your time? To what extent are these five people successful business leaders?

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