I consider mentorship an important aspect of an individual’s life. The one true legacy a person can leave behind is through shared experience and solid mentoring. Every individual has immense potential for greatness within. You just need someone who holds your hand as you make your mistakes. Someone who pushes you to be the best you can be, someone who sets the parameters and expects you to challenge them. If I am able to unleash that potential in just one person, this is the greatest achievement I can hope for.
I was lucky enough to have my parents as my greatest mentors throughout my life. They have molded and guided me to be able to think the way I do. My father instilled in me an important lesson when I was growing up: Service above self. That’s the lesson I try to impart to my team. We run a global business, but maintain the soul of a small company that has not forgotten its humble beginnings.
In the words of Sir Richard Branson, no matter how smart you are, or how brilliant or disruptive your business concept might be, every entrepreneur needs a good mentor. Mentoring makes the difference between a budding entrepreneur who merely shows promise and one who is already enjoying some success. Good advice can be just as crucial as funding in the early stages of an enterprise. It is through mentoring that network marketing today has involved close to 100 million people globally.
Seeking out a mentor can be a difficult and daunting task. How do you find the right person? What you are really looking for is a person who you know cares for you, believes in you, and encourages you. A good mentor is a person you naturally enjoy being with, who has more experience than you, who is happy to help you win in life and help you grow to achieve your dream. However, finding a good mentor won’t happen until you are able to open yourself to it. A big part of accepting mentorship is unlocking yourself. A good mentor is only as good as his pupil. As with any relationship, it takes two to tango.
To be the best mentor, I make it a point to regularly interact with those whose lives our businesses have touched. It’s their stories, very real human stories of how a business is making a difference in someone’s life, that keep me going. They motivate me to do more, try harder, and push my people to innovate so we can continue changing lives. I keep my mentorship going by using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp chat groups, and blogs. As an author, I reach my audience through my book, In the Sphere of Silence, which was favorably reviewed by Forbes magazine. Other books available to my network are In the Thinking Zone, 18 Stepping Stones, On the Wings of Thought and As I See It.
VIJAY ESWARAN is chairman and CEO of a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong. He also is a veteran networker, popular speaker, and author who lectures at leading universities and business forums around the world on a variety of subjects ranging from spirituality to leadership.
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