Law 1: Pull everything out of your mentors and advisors, pull everything out of your team, and pull everything out of yourself.
Law 2: Put it all on the line and stick to it for a while. Nothing happens overnight. Short term success is bullshit.
Law 3: If you’re mentors and advisors are not pulling everything out of you, find new ones.
Law 4: Everything is an experiment. Treat it that way, learn more it, and press on.
Law 5: Be self-discipline. Do what you think not what you feel.
Law 6: Focus on making not winning. Enjoy the process and appreciate the act.
Law 7: Nothing is a mistake only a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to screw up.
Law 8: Do work. People who can work hard consistently will one day wake up a success.
Law 9: Creating and analyzing are separate things. First create then analyze – don’t do these at the same time.
Law 10: Always break the laws. Break your own laws.
Finding a mentor is hard, but finding a mentor that tells you what the fu** is up is even harder. You want someone who is going to tell you when an idea sucks, a team member needs to be kicked to the curb, or you’re just making stupid decisions based on emotion. A sissy mentor doesn’t do you any good, right? No. You need a mentor that scares you.
I think the notion of having a caring and supportive mentor who is always there to hold your hand blows. There is no better time then when you are a rookie to get punched in the face by a good mentor – these times will define you.
Honestly, I wished I had a good mentor that would have said, “Danny, what the fu** are you doing? Who is this worthless person you hired? What are you thinking? Pull it together you idiot.” Even though these things sound harsh, most of the time we need to hear them.
It’s better to face things now, than later when the stakes are a lot higher.
Here’s what you do, you go out and find the most qualified and talented mentor, coach, or manager you can, and ask them to not go easy on you. You tell them to be tougher than they have ever been. And, you don’t run away crying like a little bitch when things get tough – you run straight towards it.
How about you?
Do you have mentor that kicks your ass into shape?
It’s been way to long since I attended a conference. I used to attend an average of 2-3 conferences per month. I had mentors that would encourage me to find ways to attend. Even if that meant working extra jobs to make money, sleeping in a room of five guys, or cramming into a car to get there.
I remember them telling me, “There isn’t any better way to be stretched and pushed to be better, than be surrounded by thousands of people who have the same goal”. I love this about my mentors, they are always stretching and pushing me to be better.
Everyday we make decisions. What is important is the process we take, in making good decisions. One of my mentors today walked me through this process.
- What does the bible say.
- What would wise council tell me.
- When I made similar decisions before what were the outcomes positive/negative.
- Is this spirit lead or my pride and ego talking.