“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination,” says John E. Maxwell.
My book Homeless to Billionaire is a testament to the truth in Maxwell’s statement. I sought out the mentorship of Dr. Joe Vitale for my personal development and to motivate my employees.
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While getting to know me, Vitale started mentoring me right away. He not only had the idea that I should write a book but showed me how I could do it. Dr. Vitale introduced me to the right publishers and marketers and gave me the inside connections needed to make my book successful. He gave me book models that I followed and perfected where I could. It takes some people years, even decades, to write the book they have inside them. I was able to do it in six months due to mimicking and mentorship.
Over the years, I’ve been blessed with many mentors who have helped me grow at different stages of my life. Here are some of their many enlightening ‘words of wisdom’ that will enlighten you too:
“Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.”
– Bob Proctor
There is a connection between what we visualize in our minds and what we bring into reality with our physical actions. Through visualization, we can alter the strength of our brainwaves to help us connect what we desire with our physical ability to achieve it.
Though skeptical at first, I’m really glad I came to understand the power of visualization when I did. The moment was nothing short of life-changing.
If you want something, close your eyes and visualize yourself grasping it. When you open your eyes again, you will already be halfway toward achieving your goals.
“Respect the old when you are young, help the weak when you are strong, confess when you are wrong, because one day you will be old, weak, and wrong.”
– Ang Losang
I carry this quote at the center of my being. It came to me from a wise Buddhist monk named Ang Losang, with whom I had the privilege of spending time in the high Himalayan Mountains while in Nepal.
I have met many accomplished, successful, and legendary change-makers in the world, and notice that they share two traits: they are not afraid to admit they are wrong and they don’t make the same mistake twice.
Great leaders grow in the eyes of their followers. They apologize and make sure they do things differently or not at all in the future. This makes their followers see them as strong human beings and leaders who take responsibility for their mistakes and learn from them.
An apology has the power to humble even the most arrogant people. It takes courage to admit our wrongs, but it leads to a deep sense of self-respect.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
– Muhammed Ali
If my life lessons have taught me anything, it’s that risk plus action equals growth.
After finding success in real estate, I found myself considering opening up a health and fitness club. It was a big idea, not only in terms of the scope of work it entailed but also because I had no experience in the fitness arena. Although this was a big risk for me, I was inspired to go for it. This big idea paid off and became a successful business!
On another occasion, I invested a significant amount of time and money on a fishing park after my first real estate agency went bankrupt. I took over a lake with borrowed money and imported huge freshwater fish from different countries into the lake. I built huts for fishers and supplied all the fishing gear for them to use in the park. Having created a relaxing place to fish without any worries, I was sure that the fishing park would be a huge success.
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Then reality hit. With dead fish, gardening, repairs, problematic staff, and overall high maintenance, the fishing park turned out to be much more work than I anticipated, with minimal return on my investment. This big idea sank quickly.
I have big ideas all the time. I take action and assume the risk. So far, I’ve had thirteen investments of time and money that failed and nineteen businesses that succeeded. Thinking big and acting on those ideas is a huge part of that success, even if they don’t all pay off.
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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