Dirt was on my face and I was cleaning the mirror

It’s our potential that’s needs to be sharper not the world around.

The fastest, easiest and most effective way to do that is building a mentor-mentee relationship. Mentors are highly under rated and are always out of the lime light.

Even the great legends had a guide.

People lie, but the numbers don’t. Look at the below list of a few mentor-mentee relationship

1. Steve Jobs/Robert Friedland – Founded Apple…

2. Albert Einstein/Max Talmey – Developed the Theory of Relativity…

3. Stephen Hawkings/Dennis W. Sciama – Developed Theories of Black Holes and Quantum Physics…

4. Mark Zuckerberg/Steve Jobs – Created Facebook…

5. Bill Gates/Ed Roberts – Created Microsoft…

6. Bruce Lee/IP Man – Martial Artist…

7. Warren Buffett/Benjamin Graham – Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway worth over $500 billion…

8. Jeff Bezos/Bill Campbell – Created Amazon…

9. Conor McGregor/John Kavanagh – MMA Fighter…

10. Andrew Carnegie/Thomas Scott – Industrialist, Expanded Steel Industry…

11. Robin/Batman – Fought Evil Super Villains

12. Michael Jordan/Phil Jackson/Dean Smith – 6 Time NBA Champion, 5 Time NBA MVP…

13. Oprah Winfrey/Mary Duncan/Maya Angelou – Highest Rated Talk Show…

14. Sam Walton/L. S. Robson – Created Walmart….

15. Jay Z/Lyor Cohen – Started Roc NationSteve n

16. Martin Luther King Jr./Benjamin Mays – Led Civil Rights Movement…

17. Will Smith/Muhammad Ali – Actor and Producer…

18. Barrack Obama/Frank Marshall Davis – Former President Of The United States…

19. Tom Hanks/Rawley Farnsworth – Actor and Filmmaker…

20. Denzel Washington/Sidney Poitier – Academy Award Winning Actor….

21. Larry Page/Steve Jobs – Co-founder of Google…

22. Bill Hewlett and David Packard/Frederick Terman – Started Hewlett-Packard…

23. Marc Benioff/Larry Ellison – Founder and Chairman of Salesforce…

24. Michael Dell/Lee Walker – Chairman and CEO of Dell…

25. Jack Dorsey/Ray Chambers – Founded Twitter

26. Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan – 5 Time NBA Champion, 4 Time NBA MVP…

27. Nikola Tesla/Sir William Crookes – Famous Engineer and Inventor, Invented the “Tesla coil”…

In today’s instant gratification world, We seek to grow and gain traction instantly but miss out the most important ingredient of our recipe, The secret sauce, the wisdom of the ages, the trainer, the guru, the mentor- mentee relation. I had couple of ups and downs in my various ventures. After a decade of retrospection, It was merely easy to come to a definite result of coming to my one word/ the answer for high success was having someone to guide you. I was blessed to have a mentor early on to see the massive progress in very short time. Many masters were generous enough to help us only if we are humble to ask. You need to make the right decisions and take right actions to be valuable in business or at any thing in life. Self belief or Gut feel are like motivation, They don’t always work. Being confident by self-belief is OK but staying in that form too long will breed pride. Pride is poison in the mentor-mentee relationship. The world is full of broken dreams/ start-up graveyards who believed all the way, but didn’t train. We must stay honest to the truth and facts. For founder it is vital to have an experienced guide. We do mistakes when we are proud. Its OK to be proud but after success. ” you don’t score until you score”.when you feel you are on the top, the only way is down. We don’t need pride, we want good life. Some of the ways a mentor can save mentees are;

1. Providing an opportunity of a lifetime.

2. Mentees have lots of weaknesses and fall short at many moments. Mentors help us turn the daily adversities of life into habits which build internal resiliency.

3. Credibility / Presence

4. Shorter learning curve

5. Clarity on costumers

6. Gain Growth & Traction

7. Sense of purpose

8. Build inner circle a great holistic support

9. Never let settle(set new scales) /become complacent.

10. Greatly aid in acquiring beneficial information(wisdom = knowing what not to do) and trash out fallacies + Bias

11. Act better upon the right knowledge and make sure you getting the right exposure

12. Highly influential and leading light

All I’ve got to say is look at the top and do some research to find out for yourself. If you want to change your learning phase to learning point, Pay attention and train under a mentor.

Many Thanks: Shoaib Sir for sharing this picture which inspired this article


This article is written by Shaik Waseem

Shaik Waseem is Entrepreneurial Educator and start-up influencer. He is on a mission to promote academia to be ICE(Innovative Creative Entrepreneurial). He has been co-founder and managing partner for multiple companies that are run under investment group members listed by Forbes middle east as top 100 Indian leaders in U.A.E. 

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