The word Mentor, describes “someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with, a less experienced colleague.”
Over the course of the last 2+ years, I have had the good fortune of learning a great deal about branding, marketing and advertising, from my social media mentor; The Shark Daymond John. Aside from providing valuable knowledge, it is also important for mentors to be a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, who can impart wisdom that helps deal with personal dilemmas; and achieve important professional/business goals.
With that being said, here are the three (3) most important lessons I have learned from Daymond John. Aside from my collection of Daymond John’s business tips, this advice has inspired, challenged and motivated me.
- Goals are unbelievably important. It takes the same amount of energy to think small, as it does to think big. Daymond has a goals list, that he reviews every day, which just goes to prove that you can never be too successful; to set milestones for the future.
- Do not expect anything for free. Never tell anyone your problems. 20 per cent don’t care and 80 per cent are glad you have them. Furthermore, you should never expect, never assume, never ask and never demand. Go and get it yourself. How? If need be, “there is never any traffic on the extra mile.”
- Never give up. Daymond says “When something bad happens, you have 3 choices: let it define you, destroy you or strengthen you.” Everyone falls down. Losers give up. Winners get up.
Rarely do mentors get an opportunity, to reflect on the impact that they have on the personal and professional lives of their friends, followers and fans. If there is someone who has influenced who you are, or what you have become, take a moment to express your gratitude; with a simple note, email or telephone call. In many ways, you have inspired them, as much as they have inspired you.