Dear friend, I’m sure you still remember our discussion on leverage as the best kept secret of the rich and the most successful people in the world. They are able to multiply themselves, their efforts, their money, and their success in all fields, so many times over, because of using leverage to magnify their little efforts. Mentoring is another form of leverage every average person who is smart employs to scale heights unimaginable. Let’s see how this is possible.

A mentor is somebody who is much more experienced, and in most cases older, than the person or persons he advises, guides, and supports. Mentoring, therefore, is serving as an adviser, guide, teacher, and source of inspiration to a less-experienced and perhaps younger person or persons. Mentees are the less-experienced persons who are humble enough to accept tutelage and learn from mentors.

On January 18, 2018 I was fully occupied in an Economic and Political Summit (as a member of the Planning Committee) that was organized by Uyo Local Government. Uyo is the capital of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, West Africa. In the Keynote Address delivered by the Executive Chairman, Elder Imo Okon, and other papers delivered by eminent scholars, particularly Dr. Aniekan Brown, an associate professor and Dean of Students Affairs at the University of Uyo, the issue of mentoring was sufficiently highlighted as a vital missing link in today’s matrix of both personal and corporate success.

Truth is, mentoring is one of the shortest cuts to wealth, career success, fame, popularity, and whatever else you can think of. Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, and the scientist who discovered the law of universal gravitation, said that, if he had seen better and clearer, or known better and much more, it was because he stood on the shoulders of others who had gone ahead of him.

Good news is that most persons who are accomplished in various fields of human endeavour: business, investment, academics, civil and public service, sports, preaching, agriculture, ICT, etc, are willing and eager to share their wisdom, knowledge, and skills with others. But the challenge is this: how many less-experienced, young or middle-aged persons, whether male or female, are eager, hungry, desperate, and determined enough to take initiative to seek association with their potential mentors?

The world is in dire need of mentees. Riches are in urgent need of average people who are willing and desperate to understudy the wealthy persons of the world, so that they (riches) can be assessed. This applies to all fields of human endeavour.

When you understudy mentors, you gain within a far shorter time the ideas, knowledge, skills, they used years to acquire. Besides, not only do you avoid many mistakes they made by learning from their experiences, but you also learn the skills and models that worked best for them and know what to focus on for multiplied results.

Aliko Dangote, the richest black man in the world as at today, says “I inherited my business skills from my grandfather.” His late grandfather, Alhaji Sanusi Dantata, was his mentor in business. Andrew Carnegie mentored Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich. Jim Rohn mentored Anthony Robbins. Earl Nightingale mentored Denis Waitley. We can go on and go.

Personally, I am a product of mentors over the years. I humble myself to learn so much from their wealth of knowledge and experience. Principal among them are Dr. David Oyedepo, Obong Paul Ekpo, and Pastor Nkereuwem Onung. They have greatly shortened my access to success.

Who are your mentors? If you don’t have any, find at least one today. If you already have any, service the lines of communication very well. Don’t ever fight them or stay out of tune with them. But note this, mentors don’t give you a fish to eat, they teach you how to fish. Knowing the difference between the two will empower you to discover mentoring as an exponential leverage for your wealth and success.