While enjoying this past weekend with family and friends, and reflecting upon how lucky I am to be living and raising my family in this wonderful Country of ours, I happened upon a book by Joseph J. Ellis titled “The Quartet”. The book is about how four of the greatest of our founding fathers orchestrated what Ellis calls “the Second American Revolution” and the writing and implementation of our U.S. Constitution.
I mention this because an indispensable member of this quartet was Alexander Hamilton, who was at one time the protégé of Robert Morris, the Great Financier Founding Father, who did much to keep our Country afloat in it’s earliest days and did much to put our financial house in order. Morris was the financier, Hamilton the prodigy. The prodigy as protégé was of the same mind and foresight as was Morris. In time, as the U.S. Constitution was enacted and our American Republic came to be, it was Alexander Hamilton who truly put our financial house in order.
That got me to muse over how often I have learned and benefitted from my students and from those who have sought me out to become their mentor, their real estate coach, and have interacted closely with me as they achieved their real estate success over time and effort.
I recall the Darth Vader from the Star Wars Trilogy, “The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.”
In real estate, as in any field of endeavor, it is often touted that you become skilled by learning from a more experienced mentor.
I also recall the quote from Socrates, “Those who dare to teach, must never cease to learn”. I have found that with my mentoring, it is the peer-to-peer interaction that truly benefits both, that makes the dynamic of a real estate mentorship so significant. Of course, my students learn from me. But I learn from them as well. When you can share the quality of curiosity, shared wisdom, imagination, and perspective, you both benefit!
We all come to a place from a different circumstance, a different starting point, a different background, a different journey. Our education, our life circumstances are all different. They are all unique to us. That uniqueness is so very beneficial to this budding relationship of mentor to protégé, of teacher to student, as we each bring to the table an understanding and a perspective the other can never have.
This is something I am always keeping in mind as a mentor, coach, and educator. My students are regularly exposed to stimuli we once never dreamed existed. That allows a unique perspective to be presented although they may have less of an understanding and less experience.
The strategy here is Sales 101. To bring a customer to where you are, you must first go to where they are. Likewise, you must know your students. I do. And this simple principle rejuvenates me and recharges my batteries making me a more effective mentor.
It is for that reason that I created my program, “Mentor Me Marko” with everything from an introduction to Real Estate Investing all the way up to Mastermind level programs.
Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone were great friends, met regularly, and fed off each other’s insights. Each man was known to have started with little or no education, nor financial capital. Yet, they each came to dominate their industries. It was not coincidence. They knew the value of Mastermind.
In 1937, Dr. Napoleon Hill published his timeless classic “Think and Grow Rich”. He described this Mastermind principle as the “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more, for the attainment of a definite purpose.
With the Mastermind principle employed, the student can indeed become the teacher.