Mentoring 101: Success Must Be Studied

The People around you tell a lot about who you really are.  In other words, the people around you are significant!

We must be mindful of whom we surround ourselves with; especially if we want to grow.  Dr. Dennis Kimbro reminds us that, “If you are the smartest person in your group, you need to get a new group.”

It is important for us to surround ourselves with people who will challenge us.  People that truly care about us, but won’t hesitate to tell us when we’re wrong, or won’t hesitate to tell us when we aren’t doing our best, people who will flat our ‘keep it real’ at all times.  As one preacher would say, “People that are FOR YOU!  Not just FOR the things that you are FOR, or AGAINST the things that you are AGAINST, but people who are FOR YOU!”

When you look over history and study success, you’ll find that anyone whom you admire has had a mentor.  This means, for example, we can’t just listen to music and accept it for what it is.  We must, however, get to know the work ethic and the values of the people who create the music – and those responsible for making it available.

In other words, if you listen to Hip-Hop artists such as Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Kanye, that’s fine.  But I would also encourage you to study the stories and successes of Kevin Liles, the late Shakir Stewart, and even Dallas Martin, a Flint Central High School graduate, former A&R at Island/Def Jam and current CEO of Bluprint Management with clients such as Lance Gross and Sean Garrett.

Since the beginning of time, success has always studied.  The entire world is our classroom, not just the brick and mortar of schools, colleges and universities.  We must wake up daily, go out into this world, and learn as much as we can.  Furthermore, if we want to be successful – we must study it.  Hit the books!

With God, nothing is impossible…

© David McGhee


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