It was a nine-hour flight, with a three-hour layover, followed by another ten-hour flight. I woke up at this morning at 5:15, still exhausted, because my body is back 12 time zones ago. I’m writing you backstage from a dank, windowless Green Room in Moscow, in a 40- or 50-year-old convention hall with no air conditioning.
Oh the glamorous life of a professional speaker…
But when I go onstage, it will all seem worth it. The people here are so passionate for success. And the sacrifices many who came made, make mine pale in comparison. Many traveled for days, sleeping in cars or decrepit trains, desperate for a chance to learn some secrets of success. They pay a lot to attend; I get paid a lot to attend. And more importantly is the honor of being entrusted the privilege of being asked to serve as a mentor.
For what greater honor can there be? And what can be more important to success and prosperity?
The key is making it a two-way street. Because we all need mentors. And with the blessings of having a mentor comes the responsibility of mentoring those who haven’t yet reached your stage of the journey.
This weekend I am the teacher. Next weekend I will be in California as the student, learning from some brilliant peers and colleagues in the speaking profession. Every year I try to find two or three events I can attend to sharpen my own saw. Because the day I stop learning is the day I stop being qualified to teach.
So what about you?
What are you doing to learn and grow? And how do you pay that back and serve as a mentor to others?