Without fail, one of the most important components in my journey toward the success I seek has been the very careful selection of mentors to whom I often surrender my doubts, fears, questions and perceptions to and obtain their wisdom, encouragement and sound perspective which help develop me personally and also the businesses and organizations I serve.
Rather than considering myself as “standing on their shoulders,” I feel more like a little child that they’ve hoisted up to straddle across the back of their necks, my feet dangling as they support and clarify my narratives, providing a view I could never see from the ground.
Last week, I blogged on the profound ‘three tiny words’ my first Spiritual Dad, Pastor David L Thomas so aptly paints into my conscience, amongst the myriad of much needed advice which guides me around the status quo.
Today, I was blessed to have another power lunch with my second Spiritual Dad, James Couchenour, Sr., an extremely successful businessman and leader who never ceases to amaze me with his practicality and vision. His investment in me has been immeasurable and our family loves and appreciates theirs!
Although we’ve lunched countless times, my main thrust today was to plow behind the fundamentals of building a business and dive into his distinct philosophy on how a business begins and thrives.
Beginning with his firm spiritual motivation, dissection of his mission statement, which took him a year to formulate, to building a quality team to the importance of knowing ‘what you don’t know’ and learning how to find out, Dad poured Life into me, prodding me reevaluate the essence of everything I ‘think’ I’m doing so that my “WHY” is clear and concise.
Next time, I plan to dive into more practical reasons for seeking a mentor, how you should prepare your time and what to do with the ‘take-aways.’
I will also share recent books I’ve read (and listened to) which also mentor and mold me.
As I write this, I am listening to the ultra-potent guitarist, Tuck Andresss, whose CD “Reckless Precision” should have a home on the shelf of every jazz lover.