Here is a great quotation from Brain Tracy who has been in the personal development business for many years. He has countless books, audio and video programs. The wisdom I have gained from Brian over the years has added a ton of value to my life–and in direct refection to this particular quote and it coincides with my latest post about “Lessons for Geese”.
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” — Brian Tracy
The Power of Mentorship
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If you are looking to speed up your results and avoid learning everything from scratch then you might consider working with someone who has been there. You might consider working with a coach….perhaps the “Brain Cell Coach?”
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
At this event, which lasted into the wee hours of the night and started at the crack of dawn was intense to say the least and the two days flew by, at least in my opinion. What a great experience to grow and learn with the love of my life! After this intense weekend we were both were wiser and more enlightened but even more than that, we were even closer than ever as a result.
There is nothing wrong with flowers and candy but maybe next year you will choose to think outside the ‘box’ (no pun intended) and take you sweetheart on a personal development adventure of a life time. I know the hundreds of flowers or the pounds of candy I have purchased over the years are long gone and forgotten. But if you ask my wife, the Valentine’s day (weekend) she will always remember is the one we spend together learning and growing and connecting at a weekend seminar of personal development!