Now, up to that point, I hadn’t had any mentors.
Because I had been able to figure out everything on my own, up to that point, I figured I didn’t need one.
Then, out of the blue one day, a fax arrives on my fax machine (also pre-email) advertising a seminar on business rescue with a guy who lost his IT business in 1992. And in the process, he lost everything – house, car, furniture, bank accounts, wife, everything. His name was Peter.
So I decided to attend. Well, in the three hours I spent in the seminar, I learned a bunch of tricks and tips that I’d never found in any literature I’d read. I wanted more.
Fortunately, he was staying over at the hotel where he had hosted the seminar. He’d flown up to Johannesburg from his base in Cape Town for the seminar.
So, on the spot, I invited him to the hotel bar for a glass of wine so I could pick his brain.
He was really friendly, helpful, and had so much experience in exactly what I was struggling with. Over the next two hours, he helped me unravel the complexity of my problems and highlighted the underlying issue that I needed to address.
It was fantastic. I would never have worked it out on my own – not in a million years. I just didn’t have the right perspective.
Without realizing it, I had just found a mentor.
That day, I learned a powerful lesson.
The power of having a mentor.