Why Rick Ross is a better mentor than Christopher Columbus.
Are you having trouble finding the next step in your life?
Struggling to make a decision on which path is the right path for you?
Have you considered finding a mentor for guidance?
If you’re like me, then our answers to those questions match.
In 2014 I was in a position where I was ready to make the next move, but I wasn’t sure what that move was. I had more than one opportunity, but didn’t know which direction to go.
The decision I made was to not make a decision, but instead start out by finding a mentor; someone with the knowledge and experience that I wanted.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who directly or indirectly inspires you to make positive change and improvements in your life.
Below is a link that covers nicely the attributes of a quality mentor, no need for me to regurgitate this information:
What do I mean by mentor, as it relates to Mentrabi?
I mean not just someone who will sit down with you on a regular basis and guide or shape your career through challenges and connections, but I also mean studying the master of something so you can consciously improve yourself or your business.
It becomes fuel for your growth, it is simply: education.
A traditional mentor provides you guided education through experience, however, while studying an unreachable mentor’s work can’t tactically guide you, the studying can provide education that will improve your skills; provided you understand how to implement those learning’s.
What’s the opposite of a mentor?
Someone who holds you back by putting up road blocks delaying your progress and someone who uses you and others for their own gain and someone who encourages pain and discomfort unto others and someone who tells you what to do instead of guiding you with your own experiences.
What’s this stuff about Rick Ross and Chris Columbus?
Quick intro for you below if you’re not fully familiar with them:
Ricky didn’t condone violence
Chris committed acts of genocide
It’s usually wise not to wish harm unto others, not only for their sake but also for yours. Conducting your business in manner that carelessly harms others is bound to harm you. It did for both Rick and Chris. For this reason, they’re both poor mentors but Rick is still the preferred because:
Rick made his friends and family and neighborhoods rich and he supplied them with jobs and security
Chris took away freedom and life and his voyages never turned up the riches he promised his investors
Growing up poor and uneducated (by choice) Rick decided he would bring his friends, family, and community up with him as he turned his fire for tennis into a fire for helping others. He helped drug addicts find drugs and he helped his friends make money and he helped his community by buying up businesses and handing giving jobs to people he knew.
Chris had a life threatening experience on the water at a young age and sought to find a safer trade route to China. That inspired him to find someone to fund his voyage across the sea. Upon arrival at what he thought might have been China he found many very generous people already inhabiting islands in the Caribbean. He instantly took advantage of them.
My father showed me my first everything and I had the opportunity to work with him for 5 years and learn what hard work is; and how to have balls. Granted, for a while I used my learning’s of how to have balls to become a dick for several years of my life, but it didn’t take long to figure out that would only hinder my progress.
My father also challenged me, never stopped pushing for me to do better, to become better than what he had achieved. He did it right too, he didn’t say this is what I did so you should do it too, he challenged me with questions by asking me things like did I want a disadvantage that he currently has, or do I want something better? I knew I wanted something better, and so did he. Those questions brought more to my change than simply telling me what I could or could not do.
My grandfather always a part of the community and willing to help others, this alone is inspiration enough to be a better person in life. He was involved in a lot of things, things I never even knew about until he passed away. While I wish I could have had the chance to hear the stories and ask questions, the impact of knowing what he did for his community is enough.
My father in law always willing to help others, and this is where I can draw a direct connection with my grandfather. My father in law had a similar impact on his community as my grandfather did, but I had the chance to have conversations with him and my wife around what he did. He gave up a lot to constantly help others.
From those three close mentors I learned to challenge and push myself to constantly improve as my father did. I learned that being a staple in your community makes you an inspiration for others to improve from my grandfather and I learned from my father in law that if you’re going to get to that level of leadership, you need to help people. Period.
Here are some other people who I consider to be mentors, but I have no direct connection with them. I’ve only studied their work and found their teachings to be educational and inspirational.
You probably recognize some of them.
- James Altucher inspirational for daily habits and fresh air through his writing
- Shawn Coyne how to write effectively through process
- Freakonimics authors for unique ways of looking at situations to uncover detail
- Steven Kotler author of advanced studies in technology and behavior
- Ramit Sethi provides a fresh air quality in his writing and great copy writing
- Seth Godin provides words of inspiration to keep you going
Rick wanted to help his community
Chris wanted to be rich.
When you’re working for a purpose, like building your community, you’re actually helping others. When you’re working to become rich, you aren’t helping anyone but yourself. And we can all see it when you do it.
Rick tells the story in James’ podcast that he would reinvest his earnings back into the business to continue to grow that business into what it became, while his acquaintances would take their earnings and trade it for material possessions. They never got to the level of success that Rick did.
Drugs or not, trading goods and services at a rate of millions per week is success. He accomplished something most business can’t do.
What makes Rick a better mentor than Chris, besides Rick being alive and Chris not
Rick grew from nothing to something on his own by understanding how to reinvest his earnings into his business. He also knew that making direct connections with as many potential customers as possible would create relationships that would grow his business. He also knew that by giving out a free sample with that relationship connection he’d create a customer that he could then leverage to access additional customers later.
That is business at its core, but what Chris did was become sidetracked from his original mission and enjoy the riches he did obtain in the Caribbean; at the expense of the lives of the inhabitants.
There are many more comparisons like these that I found between Chris and Rick, but instead of publishing them all, leave the comparisons you find below in the comments and why it makes one of them a good or bad mentor.
A mentor doesn’t have to directly work with you on a regular basis or even at all. You can adapt the persons work, habits and knowledge from studying and following that person.