Welcome to Inspire Africa Project! Every great man or woman you know today sat on the shoulders of great achievers before they got to the top. Following great achievers who are mentoring me directly and indirectly has impacted my life in a special way. Am sure you know Les brown, let me show you how mentorship helped to move him from obscurity to popularity.
“When Les started his speaking career in the late 1980s, he sent a cassette tape of his earliest keynote speech to the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the world-renowned speaker and publisher of Guideposts magazine. That cassette tape led to a long and fruitful relationship for Les, as Dr. Peale not only took Les under his wing and counseled him on his speaking style, but also quietly opened doors and helped Les get important speaking engagements.
Suddenly, though Les was a virtual unknown on the circuit, speakers’ bureau began calling him for bookings, even raising his rate to $5,000 per speech from the modest $700 Les had been charging. As Les recounts the story, Norman Vincent Peale was the first person to tell Les he could make it big in the speaking industry. “He spoke, more to my heart than to my mind,” said Les. “While I was doubting myself, my abilities, my lack of education, and my background, Dr. Peale said, ‘You have the right stuff. You have everything it takes. Just continue to speak from your heart and you will do well.'”
That’s when Les realized the value of having a mentor. And though their relationship consisted only of brief phone conversations and Les’s occasionally trailing after Dr. Peale to learn his speaking style, in the end it meant more to both men than they knew at the time. During his last public speech at age 95, Dr. Peale used one of his protege’s often repeated phrases: “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”-Jack Canfield.
Robert Allen said, “Study anyone who’s great, and you’ll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several master’s. Therefore, if you want to achieve greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master.” So the question is, who is your master? Whose shoulders are you sitting on? Whose philosophy is shaping your mind and life?
A mentor is a coach whose assignment is to lead you through the paths he knows very well. But the question is, will you be humble enough to learn from your mentor? Will you show your mentor that you know more than him? I want you to go through history and you will discover that every history maker followed another history maker.
Rosa Parks’ boldness in challenging the draconian rule in Alabama inspired Martin Luther King Jr to rise and fight for the emancipation of black Americans! Mahatman Gandhi’s non-violence protest inspired Nelson Mandela to fight against apartheid in South Africa. To climb the ladder of success, you need a mentor urgently.
Tomorrow, I will share another story with you, and show you three things your mentor will do for you. Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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