Do you realize you’re being mentored by someone every single day?
You and I are being mentored daily by a number of different people and things. I want you to think about the different influences you have in your life, and look at the quality of those influences.
Some people chose to be mentored by television every single day. What you have to decide is, “What is the fruit in my life from being mentored by television?” You may say, “But it’s good! The fruit is, it helps me relax.” NO, it’s not! The fruit is that you spend more money because you’re being advertised to. Not only that, but you’re being mentored by the mindsets the script writers are passing into you.You are being conditioned to think a certain way about money, marriage, society, violence, and life, depending on what kind of show you’re watching.
If you listen to the radio, you are being mentored by radio show hosts and music. You’re being mentored by the lyrics that are being spoken into your ears, which is feeding your mind.
You are also being mentored by your friends, family members, and co-workers. When you give your time over to someone or something, you are giving them the power to mentor you and form your mind.
The bottom line is, you and I are being moulded and mentored by someone or something every day, and that can work for you, or against you.
When it comes to the mentoring that’s happening in your life, your kids’ lives, and your loved one’s lives, you really have to look at the fruit that’s coming from the people you’re spending a lot of time with. Look at what you are allowing them to bring into your life. What kind of advice are they giving you? Because if they don’t have what you want – the character and maturity, or if they gossip, if they’re jealous, or broke – you need to be wary. Find a different kind of mentor!
Sometimes the people you spend a lot of time with, or like I mentioned earlier, the TV or radio, just do not benefit your life. They are not giving you wisdom and building character in you, or giving you good financial and marital advice. But we are so easily influenced by the people around us.
So I want to encourage you today to look at the results in your life and observe the lifestyle, character, and priorities of the people who are mentoring you so you can determine whether or not you will let them influence you.
Some people make poor decisions because they have been surrounded by people who have made equally poor choices in their lives. The kind of influence that is being poured into these people is causing them to live a lifestyle nobody on this earth wants to live.
So take some time to think about that. Who are you drawing your information and character from? Who are you drawing wisdom from? Remember that you will become the very person you’re being mentored by, whether that is a character in a book or movie, or a person in your life. That’s kind of scary isn’t it?
Who you lend your ears to, who you hang out with, who you go to to “vent” or gossip, and who you let speak into your life – do you want to become them? If not, then you may not want to have those kinds of conversations with them any more. I’m not saying don’t talk to them. But be very careful what you do talk to them about.
If your “mentors” do not have the right kind of character and leadership, they can actually encourage you to do things that may complicate your life, and cause you to suffer the consequences. And not only that, but their advice could lead you in a direction that could hurt your business, career, and finances, and even cut off opportunities from your life.
It can come from just one bad influence in a person’s life, one bad seed planted by someone whose entire life is full of rotten fruit. All it takes is one.
Be careful who you allow into your life! Be careful who you take advice from. Look at their character, look at their track record, and look at the results in their lives to determine whether or not their advice will lead you into success in your business, finances, career, and relationships.